Likud MK demands coalition back adoption by LGBT couples

Likud MK demands state change position on same-sex adoption. Welfare Minister says he intends to reconsider issue.

Shlomo Pyutrikovsky ,

MK Amir Ohana
MK Amir Ohana
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Minister of Labor and Welfare Haim Katz appealed Tuesday to the High Court of Justice for an extension to reconsider the issue of adoption by same-sex couples.

This represents a change from the position recently presented by the state before the High Court of Justice, according to which adoption by common-law couples can be allowed, but not adoption by same-sex couples.

"A child who is put up for adoption carries a feeling of being different from the norm," Child Service explained in its objection to changing the legal procedure. Therefore, "it is best to avoid placing an additional 'load' on the child, in the form of placing him in a family unit still perceived in Israeli society today as a new and different phenomenon."

Meanwhile, MK Amir Ohana (Likud) announced that he would not vote with the coalition until the position of the state presented to the High Court was changed.