Minister of Welfare and Social Services Haim Katz responded on Monday to the report, first reported in Haaretz Sunday, that Israel opposes the adoption of children by LGBT couples. Katz’s office issued a statement reading: “Unfortunately, the wording submitted to the High Court was wrong and it would have been better if it was never said. The minister has no intention of restricting or withholding the right to adopt from any group including LGBT persons.”
Despite his announcement, the Ministry of Social Affairs did not correct his response to the High Court of Justice, and does not intend to change it.
The LGBT Association announced that it will demonstrate this coming Thursday at 18:00 in front of the government offices in Tel Aviv. “Judging a person’s ability or parenting skills based only on his sexual orientation is an insulting, disparaging and dark decision that requires a serious awakening,” the Association said in response.