An attempt to legalize civil marriage flopped by a lopsided margin in the Knesset Wednesday as a new poll shows that most Israelis prefer Jewish tradition in marriages. This is despite concerted efforts in the mainstream media to give the opposite impression and claim that the laws for orthodox marriages are opposed by most secular Jews.
Supporters of the bill claimed that “religious coercion” was behind the 40-17 vote against the bill, but they were unable to explain that absent from the vote were half of the Knesset Members of the Kadima party, which said publicly that it backed the bill, and less than half of the legislature.
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