The Israeli government reversed its position on adoption by same-sex couples on Tuesday, telling the State Attorney’s Office that it has no objection to the practice.
The Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Ministry informed the state attorney that it was backing down from its previous position that it would not lift discriminatory procedures, although the Knesset would have to legislate on the issue.
As first reported in Haaretz, the ministry, along with the Justice Ministry, had previously said it opposed adoption by same-sex couples.
According to the ministry’s new position, the criteria for adoption will address the potential parents’ suitability for a given child, regardless of sexual orientation. The state’s position was filed in response to a petition to the High Court filed by the Association of Israeli Gay Fathers, together with the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, against the Social Affairs Ministry and the attorney general.
“In light of the public opposition to the state’s position, Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Minister Haim Katz demanded a re-examination of the position,” the ministry said in a statement to the state attorney, who represents the State of Israel in court.
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