Pathway to Israeli citizenship to be same for gay and heterosexual couples: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit made the announcement in response to a court petition by the Gay Father’s Association, which welcomed the new policy.
Udi Ledergor, chair of Israeli Gay Fathers organization and attorney Iris Sheinfeld
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced on Thursday that the acquisition of Israeli citizenship by a non-Israeli married to an Israeli in a gay marriage will be the same as those currently prevailing in the case of heterosexual couples.
The announcement came in response to a petition filed in the High Court of Justice by the Gay Fathers Association.
The petition challenged a provision in Israeli citizenship law that made reference to a “man and wife” and therefore did not apply to married gay couples. The acquisition of Israeli citizenship by a non-Israeli spouse in a heterosexual marriage can take up to four years, but the legal provision relating to gay couples has required waits of up to seven years until now. In addition, the non-Israeli spouse generally received permanent residency but not citizenship.