Israeli Government Forced to Reconsider Anti-Gay Adoption Policy

Organization New Israel Fund summarizes the gay adoption crisis in Israel on its website. For all the news and views on the adoption crisis click here

Nearly 200 Jewish Community Leaders from across America have signed a public letter organized by A Wider Bridge supporting same-sex adoption in Israel. A Wider Bridge Demands Israeli Government Reverse Discriminatory Same-Sex Adoption Policy

The Israeli government came out in favor of effectively preventing adoption by same-sex couples. Responding to a petition to the High Court of Justice challenging the current policy, it said that given the “reality of Israeli society,” same-sex parents put an “additional burden” on their adopted children. On Monday, the state took back the statement, saying it was ‘poorly worded’ and asked the court more time for reassessment. On Tuesday the court gave the state two months to rethink its position. On Thursday the Aguda organized a huge rally in front of the government offices in Tel Aviv. 10,000 people showed up.

10,000 people rallied in Tel Aviv last week to protest the Israeli government’s declaration that heterosexual couples should be given preference in the adoption process over same-sex couples.

The government revealed their discriminatory policy in the their response to a petition to the High Court of Justice by NIF grantee Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers. Israel’s LGBTQ+ community took particular exception to the position expressed by the Welfare and Justice Ministries that they opposed adoption by same-sex couples because it would place an “additional burden” on the child.

The High Court of Justice has given the government until September 10 to reconsider its policy. Welfare Minister Haim Katz has admitted that his ministry’s response was “badly worded and should not have been said.”

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