Israel’s Supreme Court Rules for Gay Parents in Birth Certificate Fight

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In a victory for same-sex parents, the High Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the Interior Ministry cannot refuse to write an adoptive parent’s name on a child’s birth certificate because of the parent’s sex. The ruling came in an appeal by two gay men who jointly adopted a son. They attempted to procure a birth […]

Israel Rejects High Court Proposal to List Both Members of Lesbian Couple as Parents

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The state of Israel has rejected a proposal by Israel’s High Court of Justice to make it easier for both members of a lesbian couple to register as parents. Orly and Ravit Weiselberg-Zur during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, July 2018, Photo: Tomer Appelbaum The state was responding to a petition submitted by Orly and Ravit […]

Thousands Protest Knesset’s Surrogacy Bill’s Exclusion of Gay Couples

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Israel’s LGBTQ communities demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday night against a looming bill on surrogacy that, if passed, would exclude gay couples. Photo: Guy Cohen The bill, which is expected to pass into law in its final readings at the Knesset on Monday, updates current legislation that only grants state-supported surrogacy for married heterosexual […]

Advocacy Boost for LGBTQ Israel: Oded Frid Appointed as Knesset Lobbyist

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The LGBTQ community in Israel received an advocacy boost with the appointment of  Oded Frid as its lobbyist in the Knesset, starting this week.   The coalition of Israel’s LGBTQ organizations, which includes 14 organizations and associations working to promote LGBTQ equality in Israel, hired Oded Frid to be its full-time permanent lobbyist to work in the […]

Rallying Against Homophoba in Holon, Israel

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Hundreds of people took part yesterday in a protest and pride rally in front of the Holon Municipality building following comments made by Deputy Mayor Yoel Yeshurun. Earlier this week Yeshurun wrote on Facebook a harsh post against the LGBTQ community, calling its members “monsters,” “bipedal animals, “savage growth,” “deeply wounded,” “abomination lustful males” and […]