Israeli gay couple receives maternity leave

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s National Insurance Institute authorized its first maternity leave for a homosexual couple.

The institute approved a two-month leave from work for a gay man, Yonatan Gher, following the birth of his biological son to a surrogate mother. His male partner has begun official adoption procedures.

The baby was conceived using IVF treatment with a surrogate mother at a Mumbai clinic.

Gher’s leave was approved without any further action. 
 

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