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Israel Will Fix Adoption Law To Give Same-Sex Couples Equal Rights

Israel Will Fix Adoption Law To Give Same-Sex Couples Equal Rights”

Last month, the same court said gay people should have the same right to become parents through surrogacy, giving the state six months to change the law.

Responding to a petition filed to the Supreme Court by same-sex couples, a representative of the State promised to the court that the government will start the legislation of a law to regulate equal adoption rights to same-sex couples.

High Court Justice Esther Hayut deemed the June 2018 deadline for passing such legislation to be reasonable, and noted that "if things don't progress at the proper pace, it's always possible to return and monitor [matters]".

Following a public uproar, the welfare ministry reevaluated its position. The government had initially told the court that given the "reality of Israeli society", same-sex parents put an "additional burden" on their adopted children. As a recourse, some same-sex couples adopt babies from other countries.

With the state's commitment on Sunday to advance legislation equalizing adoption policies, the petition, filed by the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers against the Justice Ministry and the Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry, was dismissed.

At the end of the hearing, Udi Ledergor, head of the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, said, "We leave the High Court with our heads held high. If the state does not meet its obligation, we will resubmit the petition".

In July, the government's first response to the appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court made headlines after it claimed the law can not be changed to allow same-sex couples to adopt, explaining that it is to prevent placing an "additional load" on the child. Over the same period, while only three same-sex couples were successful, more than 1,000 straight couples have adopted.



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