Ivri Lider: Gay Exclusion in Surrogacy Law “infuriating and insulting”

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Singer Ivri Lider said Monday that the amendment to the Surrogacy Law that passed second and third readings by the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee “creates a sense of second-class citizenship.” In an interview with Israeli Radio, Lider called the amendment, which would not allow same-sex couples to have children in a surrogacy procedure in […]

Netanyahu Rejected Request to Consider Allowing Surrogates for Single Men, Same-sex Couples

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman refused a request from Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit to consider including single men and same-sex couples in proposed legislation allowing single women to use surrogacy services. Protesting for gay surrogacy rights in Israel. Photo: Emile Salman Litzman told the attorney general he believed the version of the […]

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 […]

Israeli Politicians Spar Over Surrogacy For Same-Sex Couples

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This past Monday, a heated debate in Israel’s Knesset centered around whether to allow members of the LGBT community to produce children via surrogacy. There was much bickering back and forth with homophobic statements and pro gay rebuttals. Moti Yogev, photo credit SHAHAR AZRAN The Jerusalem post reports that at present, the surrogacy law prepared […]

This New “Jewish Law” Bill Takes the LGBTQ Community in Israel Backwards

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The Knesset is currently promoting the National Law, which among its various clauses is quietly concealed the Jewish Law. Needless to say, the Jewish law does not recognize same-sex couples and the individual rights of transgender or LGBTQ families. Oded Frid, the head of the public policy forum and member of the board of directors […]