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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Israel Extends Inheritance Rights to Same-Sex Couples


The 1965 Israeli Inheritance Law was amended by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation which would give same-sex couples the same inheritance rights of heterosexual couples.  Justice Minister Tzipi Livni advanced the bill stating, “Israeli society today is advanced and much more accepting.  Families in 2014 are much more diverse than they were in the 60s, and so it is only right that relevant legislation should change accordingly.” 

In March the committee authorized a bill allowing same-sex couples and single parents to seek surrogacy services in Israel.  Although the bill has not been approved, it would overturn current Israeli law, under which only heterosexual couples are permitted to pursue surrogacy within the country.

See Itamar Sharon, Commmittee Okays Inheritance Between Same-Sex Couples, The Times of Israel, May 12, 2014. 


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