Israel: Surrogacy Bill Passes First Hurdle

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The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday an amendment to the surrogacy law which would allow same-sex couples and singles to have babies through surrogacy.  Approval from the committee is only one step along the road to becoming a law. Bill allowing surrogacy for Israeli singles, gay couples passes first hurdle. The current law stipulates that […]

Israel: 70% Support Equality for LGBT Community

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According to Haaretz new poll, Israel’s broad public strongly supports gay rights – about 70% would like to see LGBT equality – but only 8% of Haredim back full equality. Poll shows extreme gap between the public and the Knesset opinions. The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will debate several bills Sunday that were initiated by Yesh […]

LGBTQ Equality in Israel: Week in Review

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In case you haven’t been following all the latest events in what’s been happening in Israel lately in regards to LGBT rights and marriage equality, here’s a little summary that puts all the events in order. Two gay-rights bills fell in cabinet voting: One that would have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity, […]

Lapid presses gay rights bills – to ‘brother’ Bennett’s dismay

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Yesh Atid is stepping up its efforts to advance the rights of the gay community through legislation – and thereby causing consternation among its erstwhile closest ally, Habayit Hayehudi. Health Minister Yael German (Yesh Atid) on Wednesday announced plans to submit legislation allowing gay couples to have children via Israeli surrogates. On Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for […]

New Surrogacy Bill for Gay Couples

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Health Minister Yael German unveils bill stipulating that gays can use proxy mothers to bring children into world without leaving country, process for all potential parents shortened Same-sex couples will be able to become parents through surrogate birth in Israel instead of being forced to find proxy mothers outside of the country, Health Minister Yael […]

Ariel: Gov’t won’t recognize ‘not normative’ homosexuals

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MK Horowitz slams Uri Ariel’s ‘homophobic comments’, ministers split on bill banning discrimination against gays. Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel came under fire once again for his comments on homosexuality Saturday night, calling gay people “not normative.” Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation came to a tie on a bill proposed by […]

Gay-rights bills fall in Israeli cabinet vote

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Two gay-rights bills fell in cabinet voting on Sunday: one that would have outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity, and one enshrining mortgage equality in law. The bills fell in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The five ministers from the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu and Habayit Hayhudi parties rejected the proposal to outlaw discrimination […]

Trans Community Meets Yael German

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Israeli transgender community representatives  met on Monday with Health Minister and Member of Knesset Yael German, senior professional staff of the Ministry of Health, and assistant to Health Minister Assaf Weiss, who organized the meeting. Nora Grinberg , Elisha Alexander , Ilana Berger and Ido Katry met with Minister German as part of project GILA […]