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May 17, 2014

Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel said renting to a lesbian couple should be avoided - but if not, renting to just one is acceptable

An Israeli Rabbi has warned landlords of renting to lesbians – saying it is only acceptable to rent property to one, not a couple.

Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, chief rabbi of Ramat Gan, Israel, was responding to a question on a website.

The website Yeshiva has a section called Ask the Rabbi, where users can get answers on difficult subjects from their religious leaders.

When one user asked about renting his property to a lesbian couple, Ariel responded he should avoid doing so, but if he has to, only one of the lesbians should be the renter.

December 19, 2013

A pair of Black Footed Penguins at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center have been revealed to be a female same-sex couple after they were blood tested by a veterinary student

Zookeepers at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center have been surprised to learn that two of their Black Footed Penguins, also known as African or Jackass Penguins, are a same-sex couple after assuming they were in a heterosexual pairing.

Jackass Penguins mate for life and penguins Suki and Chupchikoni had begun collecting nesting material together when a veterinary student researching avian malaria took blood samples from the birds.

January 14, 2013

A legally married gay couple asked an Israeli court to validate a spousal support agreement signed between them

A married Israeli gay couple has made legal history in the country when they filed the prenup agreement to be validated by an Israeli court.

The men, Elad Aflalo Farber and Roni Farber Aflalo were married 10 months ago in New York.

December 3, 2012

An Israeli court has granted a divorce of a gay couple for the first time in the country's history

A court has ordered the ministry of interior of Israel to register a gay couple as divorced after it continually rejected their requests.

Yesterday (2 November) a Ramat Gan family court approved the request of Uzi Even, a former Israeli member of parliament and professor at Tel Aviv University, and Amit Kama, who teaches communications at Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, to order Israel’s ministry of interior to register them as divorced.

March 6, 2012

Israel court rules in favor of lesbian couple in unprecedented move for worldwide motherhood debate

An Israeli lesbian couple have both been recognized as the mothers of a baby boy by the court, in an unprecedented move for the country.

The lesbian couple underwent a medical procedure with the permission of the government six years ago, in which the egg of one woman was fertilized with the sperm of an anonymous donor and implanted in the womb of her partner.

Their son was born in 2007, but Israel’s Interior Ministry said the woman who donated the egg would have to apply for adoption.