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Homosexual couples will receive same property tax exemptions as heterosexual couples, HA'ARETZ reported. The decision by the Supreme Court opens a new stage in the recognition of equality before the law for same-sex couples in Israel. The decision was was issued at the Supreme Court hearing on the appeal of two Tel Aviv residents, Adir Steiner and Tzach Granit, who shared an apartment since 1996. In May 2000, Steiner requested the exemption after he transferred to Granit half of the rights to his apartment. This exemption is extended to married couples or common-law spouses living together for over a year. The application for the exemption was rejected by the supervisor of property taxes, who said that the law designates it be awarded only to "a man and a woman living as a family." The head of the property tax betterment department also rejected the request on this basis. The property tax appeals committee, which has judicial powers parallel to those of the District Court, upheld the rejection, leading Steiner and Granit to appeal to the Supreme Court in June 2003.


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Feb. 26th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC)
I can just imagine the muttering from the neo-con fringe on this one: "Godless Jews."

No, irony never has been the strong suit of the ne-con fringe.
Feb. 26th, 2004 09:49 am (UTC)
Re: And elsewhere...
it's a good thing, as far as things go. of course i wonder why the heck there should be a property exemption for "a man and a woman living as a family" in the first place, and sort of feel a lot of things are going in the wrong direction from where i want them to go (no more exemptions for non-single folks).
Feb. 26th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
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Right (see my government out of marriage post).
Feb. 26th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
The idea of phrasing a law as being about "a man and a woman living as a family," instead of "a married couple" makes more sense in Israel than it would most places. If I remember correctly, Israeli law still does not register civil marriages. The government recognizes religious marriages, and civil marriages performed by other governments. (Heterosexual Jews in Israel can run into trouble with religiously-mixed marriages, or situations where someone's divorce or conversion to Judaism does not satisfy the orthodox rabbinate.) Some couples with that kind of problem get married while on vacation abroad, but many others just forget the paperwork and live as if they were married. So there is a lot of social pressure to be accomodating about unregistered marriages.
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