Same Sex Marriage in Israel Israel is a place that is commonly known for its religious standing. So the question of same sex marriage is not one that I thought would be relevant to such a place, but I was surprised to find that in Israel is people are fighting for same sex marriage. Jewish officials in this country are against same sex marriage due to the connection of religion with the state but there is a large gay population who want equal rights. Israel is the only country in the middle-east and Asia that recognizes same sex unions, “On November 21, 2006 Israel's High Court of Justice rules that two gay men married in Canada, as well as four other same-sex couples wedded abroad, should have their union recognized in Israel.” (www.cbcNews.com, May10, 2010) Although there is no civil marriage in Israel, since all family matters are decided in a religious context, same-sex marriages, and all other non-religious marriages performed elsewhere are recognized in Israel. The union allows for gay couples to receive a partner’s pension upon death, and all other financial matters that married couples would normally face together same-sex couples are now allowed to have. (www.israelinationalnews.com, May 10, 2010) The decision to allow gay couples unions to be recognized in Israel sparked criticism and outrage throughout Israel, people felt that this decision would be the destruction of the family unit. As for adoptions for same-sex couples it is still a fairly new issue in Israel. For lesbian couples they are allowed to adopt each other’s biological children. A Supreme Court decision was made on January 10, 2005 that allowed for this. More recently the Supreme Court said that all same-sex couples will be allowed to adopt children whom are not biologically related to either spouse. In March of 2008 two men were named the legal fathers of a child. Israelis...
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