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Israel ‘recognises gay adoption’

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has recognised for the first time the adoption by a gay couple of a child who was not born to one of them, the Haaretz daily reported.

The daily said authorities also agreed to grant Israeli citizenship to the eight-year-old Cambodian born boy.

Two men, who hold dual US and Israeli citizenship, adopted the boy in the United States in 2000.

Following his adoption the boy was granted US citizenship and was converted to Judaism, the paper said.

The child has lived in Israel on a temporary residence visa since 2001, as the two men tried unsuccessfully to register the adoption until judicial authorities told them of their decision two weeks ago.

In the past, Israel has allowed a lesbian spouse to officially adopt a child born to her partner.