Israel drops opposition to gay adoption

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The Israeli government has now officially dropped its opposition to the idea of same sex couples adopting children.

Earlier this week, the country’s Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs filed a brief with the Israeli Supreme Court which said they had “no objection to the practice”. This came in response to a petition filed from gay rights and religious reform groups.

The decision to drop this opposition was reportedly made by Welfare Minister Haim Katz, whose office released a statement saying there should be “no place for setting threshold conditions” for adoption.

However, the statement went on to claim that a final determination on the matter should be made by the Knesset, the country’s parliament, as this was a matter that “has such significant social implications in today’s Israeli society”.

Only a month earlier, the government issued a brief to the Court which said that adoption by same sex couples would place an “additional burden” on any child that was taken into their care. It went on to say that “the Child Welfare Services supports preserving the existing situation” of allowing adoptions to take place only if the couple seeking a child was a man and a woman.

This opinion proved to be controversial, as many Israelis called it discriminatory. Thousands even took to the streets of Tel Aviv in protest. The petition which prompted this reversal followed shortly afterwards.

Late last year, the Department for Education revealed that same sex couples now account for one out of every ten adoptions which take place in England.

Photo by Neil Ward via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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