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Israeli Prime Minister Intervenes In Case Involving Twins Born By An Indian Surrogate

It looks like Dan Goldberg will be able to bring his babies home. Not only great news for Mr. Goldberg, but a fantastic development in the area of gay rights:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Monday he had asked Interior Minister Eli Yishai to allow Dan Goldberg, a homosexual father to twins born to a surrogate mother in India, to return to Israel together with them.

During the Knesset debate MK Meir Sheetrit said, “As former interior minister I know there is no justification for keeping them out of Israel. If I were interior minister I would try to bring them to Israel after they had passed a DNA test.”

Netanyahu replied, “This morning I appealed to the interior minister and asked him to solve the problem in accordance with the law, and bring them to Israel. They need to be brought here.”

Goldberg and his two newborn children, Itai and Liron, have been in India for almost two months after Family Court Judge Phillip Marcus rejected their appeal for a paternity test – a procedure generally granted in such situations – claiming its approval was “beyond his jurisdiction”.

Earlier Monday the State Prosecutor’s Office informed the court that the state had no objection to the test and that no hearing was required on the matter.

***Note: Sorry about the late update. Our ISP had problems all day and not of our blog entries could be published. Hopefully better late than never applies in this context! ***


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