Israel will open surrogacy to same-sex couples as of next week
Israel’s health minister said Tuesday that same-sex couples will be able to have children through surrogate mothers in Israel starting next week, following a Supreme Court decision made last year.
The court said last year that the change in the law would take six months to come into effect, on Jan. 11, to allow the formation of professional guidelines.
In contrast with much of the conservative Middle East, Israel is generally tolerant of its LGBTQ community. Gay and lesbian citizens serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament, and many popular artists and entertainers are open about their sexual orientation