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High Court orders state to extend surrogacy rights to same-sex couples

Illustrative image of members of the LGBT community and supporters participating in a demonstration against a Knesset bill amendment denying surrogacy for same-sex couples, outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on July 23, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative image of members of the LGBT community and supporters participating in a demonstration against a Knesset bill amendment denying surrogacy for same-sex couples, outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on July 23, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The High Court of Justice rules that all legislation denying surrogacy rights to same-sex couples and single men will be null and void six months from now, in a dramatic ruling in favor of LGBT rights.

“This is a historic day for the LGBT community in Israel and for society as a whole,” Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, one of Israel’s most prominent gay politicians, says in a statement after the ruling.

He adds: “Discrimination against same-sex couples and single fathers will end.”

Horowitz also says his ministry will work to implement the High Court ruling.

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