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Israeli ministry submits reversal to gay couples adoption opposition

Boaz Literat (L), and his friend Uri, at a protest calling for gay adoption reform in Tel Aviv, July 20 2017. Boaz is holding Uri's daughter, Ellie.
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Currently, LGBT Israelis are permitted to adopt children in Israel only as individuals, not as gay couples

The Israeli Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry reversed its opposition to Same-sex couples adoption on Tuesday, Channel 2 reported.  

The reversal was filed to the High Court of Justice on a decision made in June, after backlash and protest from local activist groups.

Currently, LGBT Israelis are permitted to adopt children in Israel only as individuals, not as gay couples.

Welfare Minister Haim Katz said Tuesday that, while the state should not set limitations on adoption, it should be up to the Israeli government to make the final call on who is allowed to adopt.

“In these circumstances and in a matter that has such significant social implications in today’s Israeli society, it appears that the proper place for further discussion of this issue is the legislature,” Katz said, according to Channel 2.

The long-simmering issue exploded onto the political arena in June when the government responded to a High Court petition by LGBT rights groups, saying “that it has been decided by the professional bodies in the Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry not to act at the present time to change the existing law."

The Ministry also stated that having gay parents would be “baggage” for the adopted children.

For years the government has recognized children adopted from abroad by gay couples, but options have dwindled recently as formerly popular surrogacy and adoption destinations like Thailand and Russia threw up obstacles or even imposed outright bans.

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