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Israel approves adoption by gay couples

Wed 13 Feb 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

Israel will grant full adoption rights to gay couples, thanks to a ruling by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz at the weekend. Previously, gay couples could adopt only if the child was one of the partners' biological offspring. “I welcome the decision," said Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog. “There is no reason why same-sex couples who meet the criteria for adoption should not be able to join the process of adoption and of parenthood. "We must adapt to the spirit of the times and the changes that are afoot." Israel has moved quickly on gay equality issues since the Knesset decriminalized homosexuality in 1988. There have been no restrictions on gays serving in the military since 1993. In 2000, the age of consent for gays was lowered to 16, to match the legal age for consensual sex for heterosexuals. Gay couples are given most federal rights in Israel, although gay marriages (which are only religious marriages in Israel) are not permitted. Gay marriages performed abroad, however, are recognized as of 2006. Private companies as well as the public sector are required to give gay employees the same benefits as straight employees.    

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First published: Wednesday, 13th February 2008 - 8:04pm

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