October 22, 2017

Israel to Give Same-Sex Couples Equal Adoption Rights

According to JP Post, the Israeli government announced on Sunday that new legislation will be introduced to grant same-sex and common-law couples equal adoption rights.

This came after a petition by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers and the Israel Religious Action Center. The Ministry of Welfare and social Affairs previously opposed allowing same-sex couples to adopt, reasoning that “same-sex parents put an additional burden on their adopted children”. However, they reversed the decision just one month ago.

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The state said that the new legislation will be introduced by June 2018.

Riki Shapira, lead attorney for the Israel Religious Action Center, stated that “from now on same sex families, who deserve the right to adopt like any other family, will have that right”.

Read the full story here.

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