Gay couples adopting puts “additional burden” on kids, says Israeli government 


With only three same-sex couples managing to adopt children in the past nine years, Israel’s government confirms it has no intention of lifting the prohibition.

On Sunday, the Israeli government confirmed that it has absolutely no intention of letting gay couples from adopting children in the future.

The government issued the statement, which was in response to a petition from the High Court insisting that gay couples should be able to adopt children, declaring that allowing the kids to be taken care of by gay couples would place an “additional burden” on them.

They note that it it’s the “professional opinion” of their Child Welfare Services to maintain the current prohibiting of adoption, since the children would face difficulties in current Israeli Society if they had two parents of the same sex.

Related: Malta’s court approves first adoption by same-sex couple

The petition presented to them was filed by the Israel Religious Action Centre and the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, which asked the Justice Ministry and the Social Welfare Ministry to consider allowing common-law and same-sex couples to adopt.

The government did see to it that common-law spouses could be allowed to adopt, but they did not agree with granting the same request to same-sex couples.

Di Ledergor, from the association for gay fathers said the state had declared war on gay families.

It means that the remaining law still stands, which says that gay couples can only adopt when heterosexual married couples cannot be found for them.

This is usually the result of the child having health issues or being from an at-risk background.

If they do manage to get paired with a child, the law sees them as two individual adoptive parents, as opposed to a couple.

Even though Israel is seen as a safe haven for gay people in the Middle East, with homosexuality being legal there since 1963, the heavy influence of the Jewish Orthodox community in the country means that same-sex relationships have no legal standing.

An effort was also made to legally allow the use of surrogates for same-sex couples, but this was also rejected.

Related: One in ten adoptions in England are now by same-sex couples



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