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Israel Court Approves 2nd Parent Adoption

December 22, 2010

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A breakthrough legal ruling in the Jerusalem Family Court on Thursday will pave the way for homosexuals to officially adopt their partner’s or spouse’s child, the Tel Aviv-based New Family organization told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

“This is a big step for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Israel,” commented lawyer Irit Rosenblum, executive director of New Family, an organization that champions the rights of Israelis to marry and build families outside the traditional system.

“However, there is still a long road to the desired recognition, since each issue pertaining to gay rights is decided by the courts, and not by the legislature.”

via Legal ruling will allow gay men to adopt partner’s child

The unfortunate irony is while Israeli courts are forging ahead and truly putting the needs of children ahead of a political/religious agenda, in the United States, religious leaders are banding together to ‘protect the common good’ by issuing joint statements denouncing the ideal of gay marriage.  Even more interesting is they tout their responsibilities come from Judeo-Christian values.  Interesting that a Judeo state is expanding the rights of LGBT while the “Land of the Free” continues to codefy second class citizenry for LGBT into Law (ahem… DOMA).