Tzipi Livni insisted on its consideration of the bill on civil marriages in the Knesset in a preliminary reading. The bill was a failure.
On February 21, the bill co-Chairman of party «the Zionist camp» of Livni must be considered at the inter-Ministerial Commission, however before the beginning of the meeting, it became known that the discussion is postponed for 45 days. Tzipi Livni, considering that the government deliberately dragged its feet, offered the bill to a vote in the Knesset in a preliminary reading.
By a margin of seven votes, the bill was rejected. In support of it was supported by 40 deputies were against and 47.
Tzipi Livni, commenting on the fate of his legislative initiative, said: «the Objectionable laws are buried under the endless postponements, delays and postponements. Therefore, despite the decision of the inter-Ministerial Commission to defer consideration of the bill, I brought it to the discussion of the Knesset for voting in the first reading. This necessary and important law. The bill in no way not intended to offend the feelings of believers. He only gives the solution to tens of thousands of Israelis who are unable to enter into a religious marriage («Huppah»). He would give thousands of citizens, including Russian-speaking Israelis an opportunity to create a family recognized by the state, and to feel an integral part of Israeli society».