By Melanie Nathan, August 12 2014,
Israel has decided that the law of return includes non-Jewish same sex spouses.
Directly form the Haaretz report:
The Law of Return, which gives Diaspora Jews and non-Jewish family members the right to immigrate to Israel, also applies to legally married same-sex spouses, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said Tuesday.
The rights of non-Jewish spouses, children and grandchildren are enshrined in a 1970 amendment to the Law of Return. The legislation also applies to the children’s and grandchildren’s non-Jewish spouses — except for Jews who have voluntarily converted to another religion.
The law never explicitly excluded non-Jewish spouses legally married in a same-sex union, but the state never applied the law in this respect. In a statement, Sa’ar said he made his decision at the request of the Jewish Agency as well as the couples themselves.
“The Law of Return deals with the gathering of all members of the Jewish people,” Sa’ar wrote to his ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority, noting the 1970 amendment’s efforts to boost both immigration and equal status under the law.
“In this regard, I see no reason to distinguish between Jews married in heterosexual marriages and Jews legally married abroad to a same-sex spouse. Both are Jews in terms of the Law of Return.”
According to Haaretz, the interior minister based this decision on1970 legislation that seeks to boost both immigration and equal status under the law.