Gay Israeli Parents Given Welfare Benefit for First Time in New Government-backed Bill

New gender-neutral bill allows a father or mother with young children to receive welfare and not show up at employment office. 'Anyone who has rights from the state should receive them without discrimination,' Social Affairs Minister Katz says.

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Men with young children will soon be able to obtain welfare payments without having to look for work, under a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.