In a landmark decision, the Israel's High Court of Justice ruled unanimously that same-sex couples may adopt children under the terms of a 1981 adoption law.
The court re-interpreted the current law that, if read literally, excludes same-sex couples from adopting children, and asserted that the legislation’s true intent was to ensure the good of the adopted child.
In light of modern understandings of child welfare, the law could be interpreted as allowing for same-sex adoption, the court said.
The issue of same-sex adoption has been the subject of a long running political and legal battle in Israel, and ruling has been warmly welcomed by LGBTQ rights groups and Human Rights activists.
The head of the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel Ran Shalhavi described the ruling as “an historic victory and a groundbreaking achievement” that demonstrated the High Court’s importance in protecting LGBTQ rights.