In a precedent-setting move, the State of Israel has officially recognized the adoption of a boy by two homosexual men. The men, each of whom has double Israeli and U.S. citizenship, began caring for a male five-month old Cambodian baby in the year 2000. According to Haaretz, the boy received U.S. citizenship and underwent a process of conversion to Judaism in the U.S.
The men then returned to Israel and asked the Ministry of Interior to recognize the adoption as legal and give the boy permanent status in Israel. The Ministry did not oblige, however, and the boy has been staying in Israel with temporary resident visas which have been renewed annually.
In 2002 the two men petitioned the High Court together with "New Family," an organization that supports variations on the traditional two-parent heterosexual family unit. Two months ago, the Attorney General accepted the Welfare Ministry's position on the matter and decided that same-sex adoption would be legalized.