High Court orders Israel to recognize gay adoption of child born through surrogacy
ByYonah Jeremy Bob
28 January 2014 20:55
At the same time court rejects gay adoption in case where neither man proved biological connection to child.
surrogate

Man with baby born to surrogate mother.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday night, by a split 5-2 vote, ordered the state to recognize the gay adoption of a child born through surrogacy, including registering both the biological father and his partner as fathers of the child.

Simultaneously, the High Court rejected 7-0 the request of another gay couple for recognition of their right to gay adoption.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



Both gay couples based their claim on a birth certificate and declaration from the US that they are the child’s parents.

The difference between the two cases is that the court granted the request from the gay couple after it underwent genetic testing to prove the biological connection to at least one of the men, while the couple whose request was denied did not do genetic testing.

In May 2013, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein announced a game-changing progressive policy shift for how the state addresses homosexual parenthood of a child born through surrogate motherhood.

According to the old policy, the man from the homosexual couple who is the child’s biological father must pass a paternity test, in which a sample of his genetic tissue is checked to prove he is the biological father.

Subsequently, the second man in the couple – who has no biological relation to the child but is jointly involved in all of the decisions of parenting – must go through a lengthy process to legally adopt the child.

Couples have complained that the adoption process for the second man can easily take up to three years.

Under the new policy, although the biological father still needs to pass a paternity test, upon passing the test the family courts can immediately issue a special parenthood order.

The second man will then be able to become a full-fledged trustee of the child until the adoption process concludes.

Effectively, this will grant the two men full parental rights and powers at a much earlier point.

The court’s order implements the new policy and authority intended by Weinstein.

There is a gag order on the petitioners’ names to protect their identities and to protect the children involved, and all hearings were held behind closed doors.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • Judaism
  • gay israel
  • Prev Article
    NIS 230m. child-hunger program to feed 24,000 families
    Salad bar
    Nir Barkat was optimistic on election day in 2008.
    Barkat announces major urban renewal project in capital
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Riot
    31 August 2014
    Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

    By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 9 - 20
      Beer Sheva
      11 - 20
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 9 - 13
      Jerusalem
      10 - 17
      Haifa
    • 12 - 23
      Elat
      12 - 20
      Tiberias