Surrogate Twins' Father Gets Go-ahead for Paternity Test

There are no legal obstacles to a paternity test that would establish whether Dan Goldberg is indeed the father of twins Itai and Liron, the Jerusalem District Attorney's office informed Family Court judge Philip Marcus yesterday. The statement came in response to a request by Marcus for the district attorney and the twins' court-appointed guardian to clarify their position on the test.

The District Attorney's office told Marcus there is no obstacle to issuing a court order for the test, which would allow the twins to receive Israeli citizenship and enter Israel, even without a special court hearing on the matter. The order would be subject to the twins' guardian's agreement. The guardian has not yet stated his position on the test.

The twins were born to Goldberg and a surrogate mother in India. In March, Marcus rejected Goldberg's request for a paternity test, claiming he lacked the authority to order one. Goldberg appealed to the Jerusalem District Court against the decision. The District Court upheld the appeal, returning the case to Marcus to be reconsidered once the twins have been appointed a legal guardian.

Meanwhile, the Rainbow Families group - an umbrella organization for gay families - held a demonstration in support of Goldberg in Tel Aviv yesterday. The demonstrators called upon Interior Minister Eli Yishai to allow the twins to come to Israel.