November 15, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Israeli court recognizes common-law gay marriage

Haaretz - Israel News - Nazareth court sets precedent in same-sex couple case

Same-sex partners are eligible to be considered common-law spouses according to the inheritance law, Nazareth District Court ruled yesterday in a precedent-setting decision.

According to the decision, taken by a majority of two judges to one, an individual who maintained a joint household for some 40 years with his partner, who died four years ago, is eligible to inherit that partner's apartment even though a will had never been written concerning the matter.

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