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Israeli court annuls parts of surrogacy law excluding gays

Israel Gay Rights
Posted at 10:03 AM, Jul 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-11 10:03:11-04

JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to have children through surrogate mothers, a move hailed by lawmakers and activists as a win for LGBTQ rights.

The court last year ruled that an existing surrogacy law that expanded access to single women but excluded gay couples was unlawful.

At the time, it gave the government a year to draw up a new law.

On Sunday, it said that the state had not amended the law and the court "cannot abide the continued serious damage to human rights" and would strike down the discriminatory clauses.

The change will take effect in six months. LGBTQ activists are praising the decision.