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Israeli Ministry Submits Reversal to Gay Couples Adoption Opposition

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 with adoption by a same-sex couple.

“There is no place for setting threshold conditions for adoption,” Katz’s office said in the brief and also asked to clarify that the state’s original position “never intended to refer to the parenting capabilities of couples from the LGBTQ community and certainly never denied this capability.”

However, the statement stipulated that it is the role of the Knesset to make a final determination on the issue through legislation.

“In these circumstances and in a matter that has such significant social implications in today’s Israeli society, it appears that the proper place for further discussion of this issue is the legislature,” the statement said, according to Channel 2.

“Today’s announcement is a victory for tens of thousands of families and would-be families in Israel,” said Tyler Gregory, Deputy Director of A Wider Bridge. “While the Knesset still must take action to amend legislation to make adoption equality the law of the land, today an important barrier has been removed on the road to Israeli adoption equality.”

A Wider Bridge would like to thank the Israeli Ministers for changing their tune and validating same-sex adoption; thank IRAC, the Aguda, and the Israeli LGBTQ community for their activism; and the 200 American Jewish leaders who signed on to our leadership letter last month for taking an important stand. This policy change is another reminder that our communities are stronger when we stand together.

“Civil pressure works,” stated The Aguda on its Facebook page following the news, “now the real test is that of Knesset members, and we expect them to amend the law as soon as possible and not to rub us with unnecessary wrangling. We are no longer satisfied with hugs and pretty headlines – we will continue to fight until we achieve full equal rights.”