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It's Not About the Ring: Recognition of Same-Sex Families in Israel

  • 05 Sep 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP, 425 Market Street, 33rd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105


A talk by Frederick Hertz

DATE: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

TIME: 5:30-7pm

LOCATION: 

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

MCLE WIP 

About the talk: 

Same-sex couples in Israel enjoy a broad range of rights but not as married couples, since civil marriage does not exist in Israel and same-sex marriage is not allowed by any of the religious court systems.  Instead, same-sex couples are recognized as "reputed spouses," and receive nearly all rights of marriage indirectly, as unmarried partners.  Rather than fighting for legal marriage, the primary legal campaigns do not focus on marriage recognition, but rather, on access to parentage through coparenting, adoption and surrogacy.

This program will summarize the historical background and the current law in Israel with regard to civil marriage recognition, reputed spouse benefits, and dissolution rights and obligations.   It will also describe the laws regarding surrogacy and ART for lesbian and gay couples, and parentage recognition for non-bio parents in same-sex partnerships.

Frederick Hertz is an attorney who has taught same-sex family law in Israel in 2012, and led a study tour of LGBT family lawyers from the US to Israel in 2015.    He practices LGBT family law in Oakland, and is the author of two Nolo Press books on LGBT family law. 

CLE credit offered.

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