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Victory for Lesbian Widow in Israel

After the death of her partner, a 64-year-old lesbian in Israel has been granted a widow's pension by the Israeli government.

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1st October 2009 17:28

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By Neal Broverman

After the death of her partner, a 64-year-old lesbian in Israel has been granted a widow’s pension by the Israeli government.

The action follows a lawsuit brought by the widow, Ella Bar-lian, and argued by New Family, a national advocacy group that works for family rights.

After Bar-lian’s partner, Roberta Saltonick, died in September, Bar-lian applied for a national insurance widow’s pension. Her request was rejected on the grounds that she and Saltonick were not spouses — Bar-lian and Saltonick were together 22 years. With the assistance of New Family, Bar-lian filed an appeal and won.

"We will not rest until legislation is enacted giving the rights of all types of families in Israel equal status," said Irit Rosenblum, executive director of New Family.