Monday, May 5, 2014
An amendment to Israel’s Inheritance Law will be considered during the summer session of the Knesset. Currently, the law recognizes married couples and an unmarried man and woman who live as a family. The amendment would replace the language for unmarried couples that are included within the law with gender neutral language. This amendment would then allow for same-sex couples to be an heir for the other. Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Justice Minister, supports the amendment, but is facing strong opposition. While same-sex relationships are legal in Israel, recent bills that would have extended civil rights to same-sex couples, such as the ability to use a surrogate for having children and recognition of same-sex civil unions, have been defeated.
See, Israeli Justice Minister to Promote Inheritance Law for Same-Sex Partners, LGBT Weekly, April 30, 2014.