The Interior Ministry announced that it will begin issuing ID cards to children of same-sex parents with gender-appropriate labels for the parents.
The new ID cards will allow for two fathers’ names or two mothers’ names to appear, so that both partners can be registered as their child’s parent, regardless of whether or not they are the biological parent.
Although government authorities do recognize same-sex couples as parents, up until now Israeli ID cards have only allowed for one father and one mother to be listed as parents, meaning that for same sex parents, one parent was listed under the opposite gender.
The decision announced Sunday was the result of a petition submitted to the Population Immigration and Border Authority by several children of same-sex couples, in light of a 2006 High Court ruling that legalized same-sex parentage.
The judgment had determined that the Interior Ministry must allow the nonbiological same-sex parent to legally adopt their partner’s child, but did not specify that ID cards needed to take into account the gender of the adoptive parent.
“Our clients are a small sampling of hundreds who are listed in the population registry as the sons and daughters of two mothers or two fathers,” wrote attorneys Michal Eden and Ira Hadar, who represented the children of same-sex parents in the petition, according to a Haaretz report.
“It’s inconceivable that these thousands of boys and girls will not have their parents correctly registered in their ID cards,” the attorneys continued in their statement.