Legal adviser to the government away Mandelblit and state attorney Shai Nitzan sent a letter to the employees of gorprokuratury protesting against the government’s position on the question of the adoption of children by same-sex couples.
Mandelblit and Nitzan explained that the failure of the adoption of children by same-sex couples is dictated by applicable law. «The law States that adoption is only a husband and wife. This means that to provide same-sex couples the right to adopt a change of law. This is the difference between same-sex couples from heterosexual cohabiting without formal marriage («Abim EB-tzibur»).
«With regard to the disagreement on the question of the adoption of children, of course, that every citizen, including every employee of the Prosecutor’s office may have an opinion on this issue, however, the attacks on the Prosecutor and to the Department Bagaces was absolutely inappropriate,» the letter reads.
Mandelblit and Nitzan said: «it is Necessary to divide personal attitude to public-value problem and our professional duty to provide the court with the position of the state containing a full factual picture, including the position of professional bodies».
The conflict within the Prosecutor’s office broke out after the state has submitted to the high court its opinion on the question of the adoption of children by same-sex couples. The document said that the Ministry of justice and social security no longer object to the adoption of children by couples living in a civil marriage (having the status of «aduim EB-tzibur»), provided that they have a joint household for at least three years.
However, the state informed the high court that it opposed the adoption of orphans by same-sex couples that the document was called «unconventional.» The state relied on the opinion of experts who believe that children adopted by these couples may face additional challenges and negative attitudes.
This conclusion was given in response to the petition filed in the high court of the Reformist center and a non-profit organization «Proud fathers».
The opinion submitted to the high court, has drawn sharp criticism of various public organizations and the media. In the Prosecutor General’s office has also heard voices accusing the division of the high Court in the «consent to submit to the dark Outlook in court, and did not abandon this shameful role.»
We should add that the Minister of welfare Haim Katz came under pressure and criticism, appealed to the high court with a request to grant a postponement to prepare a new opinion.