Israeli gay couple receives maternity leave

Jewish news service, JTA, reports that Israel’s National Insurance Institute authorized its first maternity leave for a homosexual couple.

The institute approved a two-month leave from work for a gay man, Yonatan Gher, following the birth of his biological son to a surrogate mother. His male partner has begun official adoption procedures.

The baby was conceived using IVF treatment with a surrogate mother at a Mumbai clinic.

Gher’s leave was approved without any further action.