Ministry of Finance Places Israel’s LGBTQ Youth in Jeopardy

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Update: We are happy to report that funds are now being released and that Hoshen and IGY can continue their very important educational programming for LGBTQ youth. We thank LGBTQ Leadership in the Knesset for intervening: Minister of Justice Amir Ohana, Itzik Shmuli, Eitan Ginzburg and Nitzan Horowitz A Wider Bridge is deeply concerned about the draconian measure […]

Op-Ed: Israel Must Change Its Discriminatory Surrogacy Law

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Israel’s Surrogacy Law doesn’t apply to single women or same-sex couples – who are forced to seek surrogacy abroad.  Gay Activist Asaf Weiss reminds us that it’s time for a change. A demonstration on behalf of the right of same-sex couples to local surrogacy, in Jerusalem in March 2016. Photo: Emil Salman The relationship between […]

Eilat Court Grants Parenting Order to a Lesbian Couple Who is Separated

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A precedent-setting ruling was handed down today at the Family Court in Eilat, regarding parenting orders for lesbian couples. Lior and Michal, two women who brought together two children to the world and then broke up, can now legally become mothers of the children even though they do not live together anymore. Each of the […]

Israel Promises to End Same-sex Adoption Discrimination

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State commits to introduce legislation by June 2018, responding to a court petition challenging the discrimination in the current law against gays and lesbians The state committed on Sunday to introduce legislation that would equalize the adoption rights of same-sex couples by June 2018. The announcement was made during a hearing at the High Court of […]

Same-sex Adoption? Still a No-go in Israel

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Haim Abraham, an attorney and doctoral student in law at the University of Toronto, says that there’s no reason to celebrate: The Social Affairs Ministry’s ‘new’ position on this issue is ‘Yes, but’ – the same old ‘No’ in disguise The social networks of Israel’s LGBT community celebrated a victory last week when the Labor, Social […]

Israeli Ministry Submits Reversal to Gay Couples Adoption Opposition

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Israel’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs has reversed its opposition to allowing same-sex couples to adopt. Haim Katz, Welfare and Social Services Minister of Israel (photo: Eyal Yitzhar) Israel’s Channel 2 News reported Tuesday evening that the Ministry of Welfare, at the request of Minister Haim Katz, said there is no problem in principle […]

Israeli Welfare Minister Meets Representatives of the LGBTQ Community to Discuss the Adoption Crisis

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Following a protest against the state’s position on adoption, a meeting was held Monday between representatives of the Aguda, the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, and Welfare Minister Haim Katz. In the meeting, the LGBTQ representitives presented the outline of the solution to the current crisis: “We are waiting to see whether there will be […]

Thousands Protest For Equality in Tel Aviv Over Gay Adoption

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Thousands of people participate in LGBT demonstration against state’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples. ‘We will go out into the streets and disrupt everyday life until there is full equality for LGBT families in Israel,’ said LGBT Task Force CEO. UPDATE: Ten protesters were arrested for questioning during a demonstration that took place on […]

Israel’s government opposes adoption by same-sex couples, so gay celebrities are speaking out

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Led by some gay celebrities, Israel’s LGBT community and its allies have launched a campaign against the government’s declared position, earning widespread public support. The Israeli media have been filled with criticism of the country’s right-wing leadership alongside accounts of loving same-sex parenting. Singer Ohad Hitman and his family. On Sunday, the government came out […]

Media, Adopted Straight Kids Join in Support of Equality for Same-Sex Couples to Adopt

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The controversy around the state’s rejection of same sex couples to adopt caused rage in the LGBTQ community in Israel. The Aguda, the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, has organized a rally to be held tomorrow (Thursday) in front of the government’s offices in Tel Aviv. Straight rapper Static to the state: “You deny children’s […]