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Israel’s unity government to help gay couples become parents

Into the outline of the new government, Knesset member Itzik Shmuli has succeeded in introducing a clause by which the state will financially assist same-sex couples undertake surrogacy procedures abroad.
Participants hold flags during the gay pride parade in Jerusalem July 29, 2010. This year's parade marks the one-year anniversary of a shooting attack in a gay and lesbian youth center in Tel Aviv, in which two people were killed and 13 were injured. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) - GM1E67U04VD01

Designated Welfare and Social Services Minister Itzik Shmuli (Labor party) is one of five openly homosexual lawmakers currently serving in the Israeli Knesset. The most senior among them is Justice Minister Amir Ohana.

In March 2019, 40-year-old Shmuli announced on social media that he had become a father together with his partner, following a lengthy, frustrating and costly surrogacy process carried out in Rhode Island.

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