Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Who's more progressive than the U.S. this week?

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) welcomes the Interior Ministry's decision to withdraw its petition challenging a 2000 High Court ruling and register adoptions by same-sex couples performed abroad. The decision, the latest achievement in ACRI's lengthy battle to force the state to recognize same-sex couples as dual parents, will finally allow same-sex couples and their children in Israel to live as families before the law, after the state's petition froze the process for many years.

At the same time, ACRI opposes limitations listed in the Ministry's position, such as the condition that adopted children must be the biological offspring of one parent. In addition, ACRI also demands that the Ministry update its software to be able to register these changes - the same-sex couples who had adopted children in Israel and abroad are currently listed as single-parent families because the Ministry's computer system cannot register two mothers or two fathers.


Since the Berner-Kadish family's original petition, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 on the right of a lesbian woman to adopt her partner's biological child under Israeli adoption law. In light of that decision, ACRI asked the Court to dismiss the Ministry's petition because it became irrelevant.

Hm. Maybe I should've posted about this in 2005, then.

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