Under a new
proposal by the Israeli government, gay and lesbian couples
in Israel would be able to inherit each other's property
after death without making a special court
application. The unprecedented provision is one of
several proposed reforms to Israel's inheritance laws that
the justice ministry plans on publishing within the
next few weeks and submitting to justice minister Haim
Ramon for approval.
Ha'aretz reports that the memorandum of reforms
was drafted by a public commission headed by retired supreme
court justice Jacob Turkel. The commission was
appointed seven years ago.
The change consists of deleting the words
"husband and wife" from the definition of a couple for
the purposes of inheritance laws so that they would
apply to gay as well as straight couples.
Another amendment would put adopted and
biological siblings on equal footing in terms of
inheritance. (Sirius OutQ News)
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