Orthodox MK Amsellem Steps Up in Support of Gay Marriage and Then Backtracks

Amsellem has been largely avoiding the gay question; latest polls indicate his party, Am Shalem, won't receive enough votes for a seat in the Knesset.

MK Chaim Amsellem, an Orthodox rabbi who is breaking away from the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas party to run as leader of the new party Am Shalem, is showing himself to be among the Knesset's liberals when it comes to civil marriage, though he backtracked on Sunday on support for gay marriage as well.