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Israeli PM Says Gay Dad Can Come Home

Israeli PM Says Gay Dad Can Come Home

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has intervened on the side of a gay father stranded in India with his twin sons.

The father, Dan Goldberg, has been waiting in Mumbai and enduring what can only be described as a bureaucratic nightmare. Goldberg's sons were born to a surrogate mother in India; Goldberg is from Israel, which requires DNA testing for parents of children born outside the country to prove they are the biological mother or father. But Goldberg has been waiting for permission to take the test from a judge who refused to give it, saying it was out of his jurisdiction.

Judge Philip Marcus has delayed other decrees involving gay parents awaiting DNA tests in foreign countries and is quoted as saying of the Goldberg decision, "If it turns out that one of the [purported fathers] sitting here is a pedophile or serial killer, these are things that the state must examine."

Netanyahu overruled the judge's decision on Monday. "I spoke this morning with the Interior Ministry and instructed it to relax the law and let the family return to Israel," Netanyahu said during a meeting of the Israeli senate.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.