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Surrogate babies’ hurdles may be cleared

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2010 01:09 IST

Israeli homosexual Dan Goldberg is a step closer to taking his twins, born to a surrogate mother in Mumbai, back to his home in Jerusalem.

According to an Israel news report on, a Jerusalem family court judge has ordered the State Prosecutor’s Office and an appointed guardian to reach a decision within three days on whether a paternity test can be performed in the father’s absence.

Goldberg, who runs a restaurant in Jerusalem, has been stranded in a Mumbai hotel for two months after he was denied permission to take his twins, Itai and Liron, to Israel. This was because the family court judge had rejected a plea for a paternity test — it is required to prove parenthood and acquire citizenship for children — claiming that it is not within the its jurisdiction.

An appeal had also been filed with the Jerusalem District Court, which accepted the claim that the family court should be the one to rule in the case. The district court ruled that it was in the children’s best interest to hold the test. If allowed to take the test, Goldberg could soon be on his way home with the babies.