Bill banning conversion that is gay passes initial vote, enraging ultra-Orthodox

Coalition events Blue and White and work help legislation despite objections by Netanyahu’s spiritual allies; Haredi MKs warn Benny Gantz: ‘You will never be prime minister’

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A bill outlawing controversial “gay conversion treatment” passed an initial vote into the Knesset on Wednesday, drawing cheers from LGBT legal rights advocates and angering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox governmental allies.

The balance advanced level after Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White celebration supported the legislation, in a move that created a coalition crisis that is fresh.