Court Recognizes Interfaith Lesbian Couple

For the first time in Israel, a court has issued a ruling recognizing an interfaith lesbian couple as the mothers of each other’s children, Haaretz has learned. The ruling came at the request of the two women years after their daughters were born.

They were unable to adopt each other’s children because the law requires that the adoptive parent and the child be of the same religion, which, in this instance, was not the case.

When that effort failed, the women, one of whom is Jewish and the other Christian, sought a court ruling declaring them parents of their partner’s children. The way was paved for such a ruling earlier this year, when, in a precedent-setting opinion, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein declared that the state was withdrawing its opposition to recognizing women in same-sex relationships as the parents of one another’s biological children without requiring a formal adoption.

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