Israel Recognized Lesbian Couples as Mothers. Now It Says It Was a Mistake.

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In March, we reported on the case of Irit and Einat Zevieli-Efrat, who discovered that their children’s birth certificates had been changed and the name of the non-biological mother had been erased from the documentation of the other mother’s children. Now, Israel’s Interior Ministry has declared that this was a mistake and is making retroactive […]

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 […]

Israeli High Court’s Shameful, Insulting Ruling on Marriage Equality

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High Court’s excision of support for marriage equality from PSA is deceptive and unnecessary In Israel in 2017 one cannot even dream of same-sex marriage. Thus decided the High Court of Justice, which struck down the term “to marry” from the sentence, “The right to love and to marry and to marry whom I choose, […]

High Court: Ad Can Promote Arab and LGBT Rights, But Not Gay Marriage

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A public service announcement celebrating Arab and LGBT equality cannot be banned, but the part of the advertisement emphasizing gay marriage can be, the High Court of Justice ruled Wednesday. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel petitioned the court in February, after the Second Authority for Television and Radio refused to overturn its ban […]

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 Supreme Court Rejects Petition to Recognize Same Sex Marriage

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Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected on Thursday a petition by the Israeli LGBT Association to recognize same-sex marriage. Justices Elyakim Rubinstein (former deputy to the president), Neal Hendel and Anat Baron rejected the claim made in the petition that according to interpretations of the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, same-sex marriage should be […]

Arab Israeli Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran Retired

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Salim Joubran, the first Arab judge appointed to the Israeli Supreme Court, retired Thursday at the compulsory retirement age of 70. Joubran, who represented the views of Israel’s Arab minority, always found himself in the minority on these issues. The conservative Christian Joubran was surprisingly tolerant of the LGBT community, which some claim had to […]

Israel’s Top Court Says Same-sex Surrogacy Law Discriminatory, but Defers Ruling

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The High Court of Justice was set to issue its ruling Thursday morning on a petition demanding Israel permit single people and same-sex couples to arrange surrogate births in Israel. The ruling, however, was postponed by six months to allow lawmakers to follow through with new legislation that might render the petition obsolete, justices said. […]

Israeli Government Forced to Reconsider Anti-Gay Adoption Policy

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Organization New Israel Fund summarizes the gay adoption crisis in Israel on its website. For all the news and views on the adoption crisis click here Nearly 200 Jewish Community Leaders from across America have signed a public letter organized by A Wider Bridge supporting same-sex adoption in Israel. A Wider Bridge Demands Israeli Government […]

State of Israel Couldn’t Care Less About Gays

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The state’s objection to same-sex adoptions comes as no surprise. As part of the animosity and discrimination against homosexuals and lesbians in Israel, it reveals the simple truth: The state can’t stand the idea of gay people having a family in Israel. The state’s shameful response to the High Court of Justice on adoption by same-sex […]