Israeli Transgender Man Recognized as Child’s ‘Father’ in Same-Sex First

Yuval Topper-Erez

Israel’s Interior Ministry has recognized the two biological fathers of the same baby. The baby is the son of Yuval and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez had the baby in December 2011.

The Interior Ministry at first refused to recognize Matan as the baby’s biological father, saying they were unable to register two male biological parents. Only after the intervention of two lawmakers, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and the chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee Miri Regev, did they agree.

This is the first time that both members of a same-sex couple in Israel have been listed as a baby’s biological parents. Previously, one of the parents was required to adopt the child.

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