Supreme Court allows lesbian couple to adopt

Monday, January 10, 2005 | 
The Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 ruling Monday that two lesbian women who have been living together for 15 years can adopt each other's children. This was considered a breakthrough for same-sex couples. "The court must view things from the perspective of welfare of the child," the couple's attorney said. The two women have had three children in the last 15 years through a sperm bank. In 1997 they petitioned the Ramat Gan Family Court for the right to adopt each other's children, and for court recognition of their joint parenthood. The court rejected the petition, but granted them guardianship of each other's children, a precedent that has since become customary. Knesset Member Eli Yishai called the ruling "a disgrace, and a black mark in the history of the Jewish people," and said, "the court's ruling tramples on the Jewish family unit and tears away the distinction between the Jewish people and the rest of the world."

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