Birth mother’s partner recognized as second mother to her twins in landmark case

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies’ mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel on the 28th of April, 2015.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child – often taking months or even years to complete.

Iris Shonfeld, the Attorney who represented the couple, said this ruling marked a ‘real revolution’ for same-sex couples.

‘If up until now, the non-biological parents were forced to go through obstacles until the welfare authorities approved their parenthood, from now it will possible to begin the process of recognition of parenthood during the pregnancy and complete it immediately after birth,’ she said.

While same-sex marriage is not yet recognized in Israel, the country has passed laws to make it easier for same-sex couples to raise families.

Children of same-sex parents can carry official ID cards with their two parents listed – with ‘mother’s name’ or ‘father’s name’ appearing twice.