Welfare minister tells court LGBTQ couples should not have equal adoption rights

Responding to petitions to the High Court of Justice demanding equality in adoption for LGBTQ couples, the attorney general says it would be proper for the Knesset to be the body to make decisions on the matter.

However, she acknowledges that there is currently no political feasibility for legislation to address discrimination on the issue.

In his response to the petitions, Welfare Minister Ya’akov Margi of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party says he opposes same-sex adoption “out of consideration for the child.”

Transferring a child to a same-sex couple “would add additional complexities to his life” and the state should “preserve as much as possible the lifestyle and family framework in which he was born.”

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