Israel commits to passing same-sex adoption law by next year

Three months after sparking outrage by claiming that children adopted by same-sex couples would carry "additional baggage," the state has assured the Supreme Court that a law ending the ban on same-sex adoption will be passed in the Knesset by June 2018.
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Israel on Sunday assured the Supreme Court that it would pass a legislation ending the ban on same-sex adoption by June 2018.

This follows a series of highly-publicized protests by LGBT rights groups, which came after the government in June said children adopted by same-sex couples would carry "baggage" compared to others, stating that the discriminatory policy would not be changed.

Incoming Justice Esther Hayut told the petitioners, "You have made the most out of this petition. A revolution is happening thanks to you."

Lawyer Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, who represented the Reform Movement and the Gay Fathers Association, which filed the petition, said, "The court acknowledged the importance of our petition in revolutionizing the adoption policy in Israel so that same-sex families will have the same rights as every other family."



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