By Gudrun Schultz

JERUSALEM, Israel, April 6, 2006 ( – Israel’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal by a group of homosexual couples who want their Canadian “marriages” recognized by their home country, the court announced Wednesday.

Five same-sex Israeli couples were “married” in Canada, and now are hoping to get legal recognition in the Jewish state. The Israeli government has said the country’s laws don’t recognize same-sex unions, regardless of where they have been performed.

In Israel, Orthodox rabbis, who are opposed to same-sex marriages, perform Jewish wedding ceremonies. Gaining government recognition of marriages performed out of country would allow homosexual Jewish couples to bypass that obstacle.

Israel’s family court ruled in February that a lesbian couple could be legally regarded as the parents of three children, born using IVF technology. The court said the women must receive adoption papers listing them as the mothers of the children.

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