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Once again proving that for better for worse, Israel is the most (read: only) liberal and democratic state in the entire Middle East: homosexuals can now adopt children in Israel, and they can even go on maternity leave.

Gay pride in Israel(IsraelNN.com) Two recent precedent-setting cases have given male homosexual couples in Israel the right to adopt children from foster care and to take “maternity” leave.

On Monday, the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) ruled that petitioner Yonatan Gher should be paid for “maternity leave” taken in 2008 upon the birth of his biological son to an Indian surrogate mother. Gher’s partner has requested the right to take leave as well.

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