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Gay Israeli Couple Asks the Internet's Help to Have a Baby: VIDEO

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Yuval and Liran, a gay Israeli couple, tells the story of their unsuccessful attempt at having a child with an international surrogate (since surrogacy is banned in Israel) and solicits help via the internet through a YouTube clip and a donation site.

Write the couple: "We're trying to save money for the surrogacy process and just can not. The State of Israel is sending thousands of couples like us to proceedings abroad that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require you to stop your life during this journey. We are proud people but for the child, for the most important thing in life we have to ask for your help and hope our action will promote a change in legislation in Israel. for the benefit of thousands of others."

Watch their plea, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. And while you're at it, they'd like a car and an apartment, too.

    Posted by: tcw | Feb 26, 2013 1:23:12 PM


  2. I'm not sure what Israel's laws are pertaining to gays adopting, but if you can't afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars for surrogacy, then give a child in need a home. Sounds like they're being selfish and entitled.

    Posted by: Not that Rob | Feb 26, 2013 1:28:05 PM


  3. I'll have his babies, but I'm a guy so no help there.

    Posted by: bz | Feb 26, 2013 1:33:01 PM


  4. seriously, just adopt.

    Posted by: Brett Abrams | Feb 26, 2013 1:36:01 PM


  5. Pathetic. If you're going the route of surrogacy, you should do it with your own money and not beg from others. If you're going the route of adoption then you have charity on your side. That is noble.

    This falls on the selfish side.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 26, 2013 1:37:29 PM


  6. Like folks are saying adopt. This is really smarmy. No one, including straights, are entitled to have a child. To demand surrogacy is immature and vain.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Feb 26, 2013 1:38:47 PM


  7. Maybe the Internet can help them have a test-tube baby. After all, it is a series of tubes (according to repuglican Ted Stevens):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f99PcP0aFNE

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 26, 2013 1:39:43 PM


  8. I'm sure if they could, you know, legally adopt, they would. If it only it were that simple.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 26, 2013 1:47:00 PM


  9. did no one notice they said adoption by a same sex couple is forbidden in israel?

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 26, 2013 1:49:00 PM


  10. There are hundreds of Palestinian children without parents. I guess they don't count. Better to starve them, huh, Israelis?

    Posted by: poa | Feb 26, 2013 2:00:40 PM


  11. @Bandanajack - the article doesn't say that, and it isn't true.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Feb 26, 2013 2:01:54 PM


  12. Wow a lot of people here seem completely fine on telling others what they should do to build a family. When did NOM sign up on these forums?

    Posted by: J Y | Feb 26, 2013 2:02:56 PM


  13. Anyway ... I'd be more than happy to try to get them both pregnant.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Feb 26, 2013 2:03:46 PM


  14. @bandanajack - thank you! adoption by a same-sex couple in israel is illegal and it is next to impossible for gays to have a baby in any capacity in the state - they all have to go outside - which is extremely expensive in any way (adoption or surrogacy) AND once they bring the child back the laws pertaining to parenting are equally oppressive. they are simply being creative trying to achieve their dream - NOTHING selfish about that - if you think it's selfish, simply don't give.

    Posted by: guynyc | Feb 26, 2013 2:04:08 PM


  15. @bandanajack - thank you! adoption by a same-sex couple in israel is illegal and it is next to impossible for gays to have a baby in any capacity in the state - they all have to go outside - which is extremely expensive in any way (adoption or surrogacy) AND once they bring the child back the laws pertaining to parenting are equally oppressive. they are simply being creative trying to achieve their dream - NOTHING selfish about that - if you think it's selfish, simply don't give.

    Posted by: guynyc | Feb 26, 2013 2:04:09 PM


  16. @Guynyc - Wikipedia cites two Israel Supreme Court decisions upholding the right of a same-sex partner to adopt his or her partner's child. According to the same article, the adoption law is silent on the issue.

    I'm not saying it's easy, but please stop saying same-sex adoption is "illegal" or "forbidden." That is not the truth.

    And yes, even though it's a remarkably progressive country in some ways, anything touching on marriage or birth in Israel is unusually complicated because of the state-sanctioned involvement of the rabbinate in those matters.

    Posted by: JamesInCA | Feb 26, 2013 2:19:51 PM


  17. How can we be sure this isn't just a scam for money? And how much is enough? Seems a bit fishy to me.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 26, 2013 2:20:09 PM


  18. I applaud them for wanting to have a child. If anything, their plight as gay couple wanting to have a family points out the bigtory, discrimmination, and homophobia still rampant. They should not have to be put through this.

    Posted by: RK | Feb 26, 2013 2:52:48 PM


  19. I actually feel bad for them. Anyone who has been on the journey knows that it is expensive and has its ups and downs. Personally, i think IVF should be covered by universal healthcare (surrogacy is too going too far.) Even if you are a right wing, producing a taxpayer makes senses and to people who want desperately to be parents. 3 surro attempts here, 2 full term pregnancies, 3 babies.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 26, 2013 3:08:10 PM


  20. Seriously, just adopt. Kids need your help, and the rest of the mammals on the planet do NOT need more competition.

    Do the right thing, not the selfish thing.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 26, 2013 4:14:30 PM


  21. @Jamesinca - there is a big difference between being able to adopt your gay partner's biological children and a loving couple wanting to simply adopt a baby that is neither of theirs biologically speaking. And, it is forbidden and illegal, so no, I will not stop saying that. The fact that if one of them had a baby already prior to their relationship or during, the other one could adopt does not change the fact that the two of them together as a couple cannot. That is still against the law, and wrong. This couple has suffered some tragedies. I know it wasn't your argument, but to all those who say it is selfish. shame.

    Posted by: guynyc | Feb 26, 2013 4:29:47 PM


  22. If they can't adopt (though that's hard to believe unless you mean dual adoption), then having a biological child would be the only option. Here's a wild idea: get a sister or cousin to volunteer. Then the DNA will come from both families!

    Posted by: anon | Feb 26, 2013 4:36:24 PM


  23. Surrogacy and fertility services can be very expensive. Several heterosexual couples I know have resorted to either (or both). Nobody has criticized these couples for being selfish. Gay couples shouldn't be condemned either… especially in the gay community.

    Posted by: David | Feb 26, 2013 6:46:30 PM


  24. I'd happily volunteer to inseminate either or both of these humpy guys. Although, admittedly, my track record with making babies using this method isn't great, thus far.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 27, 2013 3:27:28 AM


  25. Lots of lies on here israel has allow same sex partners to adopt another partners bio child since 2005 after the HCOJ rule it so( they also said they must recognize forgin same sex marriages) and in 2008 a district(state) high court rule joint adoption legal which ever justice minister since then has said is legally binding on all of eratz Israel.

    Posted by: Lee | Mar 18, 2013 4:21:55 AM


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