The ministry has notified the court that it is reviewing a "new evaluation" of the hot-button issue of gay adoption.
In a brief submitted Sunday, the Justice Ministry, on behalf of the government, said that it opposed the Israel Religious Action Center’s petition to permit gay couples to adopt.
The Supreme Court will debate Thursday a petition that seeks to end built-in discrimination in adoption legislation in Israel.
Critics of bill claim it could allow private, faith-based foster care agencies to block parents who practice a different religion or who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
For another year Mohammed was the most popular baby name in Israel.
With open adoptions, biological parents get to maintain some level of periodic contact with their child even as the adoptive parents serve as the child’s primary family.
Human surrogacy is a fascinating mixture of science, politics, religion and, of course, money – as the tale of a gay Israeli couple illustrates.
"The photos reminded me that Adar was once a foreign baby and that we had been entirely unknown to him; Yet, here we were together."
On the one hand, [the surrogacy law] offers a smile and open arms to people interested in surrogacy and projects an image of enlightenment, while at the same time it pacifies opponents.