Surrogacy Vote Delayed after PM Backs Inclusion of Same-sex Couples in Bill

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The Israeli Knesset is deliberating over an amendment to the surrogacy bill which will allow single women to obtain the use of a surrogate in Israel, but will still exclude gay couples from obtaining this service also. Until now, the service has only been legally available in Israel to married, heterosexual couples. Demonstrators protest against […]

Knesset Advances Bill Banning Discrimination Against Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

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Legislation narrowly passes initial reading with support of two coalition MKs apparently break party lines; coalition whip says they were permitted a vote of conscience. Be’er Sheva Pride Lawmakers on Wednesday gave their initial approval to a bill prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, a law that would widen the […]

Knesset Holds Annual LGBTQ Rights Day

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The 3rd annual LGBT rights day, organized by the Aguda, was held Tuesday (2/20) in the Israeli Knesset. Four hundred people (the maximum who could enter the Knesset) attended from Israel’s LGBTQ communities. The day began with topic discussions in various committees, including the Committee on Education, Defense (integrating LGBTQ folks within the IDF), and […]

Lawmaker Suspended from Committee for Boycott Over Gay Adoption

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Openly gay Likud MK Amir Ohana punished for skipping key Knesset votes in protest at government’s discriminatory policy Likud’s first openly gay lawmaker was suspended from a powerful Knesset committee on Wednesday after he refused to vote with the coalition in protest of the government’s declared opposition earlier this week to same-sex couples adopting children […]

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 […]

Israel’s LGBTQ Community Protests Same-Sex Adoption Rejection

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The Israeli government’s statement to a Supreme Court petition, which opposed allowing same-sex couples to adopt in the country, caused a stir and is currently one of the biggest news stories there. What made the news even more controversial, is that the government did say that it will now allow common-law heterosexual couples who have […]

Diplomats Mark IDAHOT in Israel With LGBTQ Reception

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Sweden’s Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, together with his colleague, the ambassador from El Salvador, H. E. Werner Matias Romero hosted a reception on Wednesday at the Swedish ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach, to recognize IDAHOT – the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia; a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. Among […]