The state has informed the High Court of Justice that it will not lift the discriminatory procedures for same-sex couples who want to adopt children in Israel.
The Social Affairs and Justice Ministries told the High Court of its position ahead of the hearing that will be held later this week on a petition asking the court to end the present adoption policy, which discriminates against single-sex and common-law marriage families.
They usually must wait longer to adopt, and once they do, they are considered to be two individual adoptive parents in the eyes of the law.
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The wall is revered as a vestige of Judaism's two ancient temples and access to it is segregated by gender.
Most religious rites take place in the men's section in accordance with centuries-old Orthodox standards that hold sway in Israel.
Anat Hoffman, the chairwoman of Women of the Wall, which has tried for years to change the arcane rules called it "a terrible day for women in Israel when the PM sacrifices their rights while kowtowing to a handful of religious extremists." The Israeli Cabinet approved the plan in January 2016 - voting 15-5 over the objections of the ultra-Orthodox members of the government.
Sunday's decision appears to reinforce Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's strong ties with the ultra-Orthodox members of his governing coalition.