The decision came after a lawsuit was filed by the Gay Fathers Association on behalf of same-sex married couples.
On Tuesday, it was announced by the government’s chief legal adviser, Avichai Mandelblit, that applications will now be considered under the same terms as straight couples. He has ordered the Interior Ministry to streamline the process for gay couples so that they have the same waiting period as heterosexuals.
“For married same-sex couples, this is an extraordinary achievement,” Iris Sheinfeld, a lawyer representing the association, said. “It was without a doubt unbearable to live here with tourist status, meaning that you were maintaining a work and family life without rights.”
While the association is thrilled with their big win, they maintain that same-sex couples are not out of the woods yet.
“We still have work to do, but from a fundamental and practical standpoint, we are satisfied. In addition, this has a lot of influence on surrogacy abroad,” she added.