Israeli Court to Rule Whether Transgender Man Is Child’s Mom or Dad

Interior Ministry refused to register partner as the father, and is demanding further proof of sex reassignment.

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Yonatan Marton Marom, left, and Daniel Mariuma Marom with their son Tomer.
Yonatan Marton Marom, left, and Daniel Mariuma Marom with their son Tomer.Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Interior Minister Arye Dery (Shas) said Monday that the court is the authority that will determine whether a transgender man can be recognized as the father of his child, rather than the mother.

MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) described in the Knesset plenum the story of Yonatan, who was born a woman and underwent partial sex-reassignment surgery. Yonatan recently gave birth to a child with his partner.

“The Population Registry refused to register the two as the child’s parents. They registered Yonatan as the child’s mother and refused to register Daniel [Yonatan’s partner] at all. The Population Registry is demanding additional proof from Yonatan that he underwent sex reassignment, although they recognized the sex change and he has been registered as male since 2009.”

Dery replied to Rozin that “we work according to official documents. We received an official document from the hospital to the effect that [Yonatan] was the mother and therefore registered the birth accordingly. Afterwards they decided that the mother is a father. You can’t expect the Interior Ministry employees to decide according to their judgment and their views. The issue will go to the court, and they’ll have to discuss it and we’ll accept any decision. Today I’m the interior minister, tomorrow you’ll be the interior minister. I suggest that we continue to operate according to the rulings of the court and according to the law.”

Dery said that “the Population Registry doesn’t depend on the judgment of the minister, and woe is me if it were up to my judgment. There are rulings and legislation so that the registry will be as reliable and accepted as possible. The registry is good and reliable because we operate in the context of the law, and rulings and instructions of the attorney general.”

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