Colombian Court Rules Gay Couples Can Adopt Children

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A major and progressive milestone in Colombia as a constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples can now adopt children. Previously a gay person could only adopt if one member of the couple was biologically related to the child. The ruling, which took place Wednesday, states that adoption agencies must not discriminate against a gay or lesbian couple.

In limiting, the court order continues, gay couples from adopting “limits children’s right to a family.”

“A person’s sexual orientation or gender are not in and of themselves indicative of a lack of moral, physical or mental suitability to adopt,” said the chief justice of the Constitutional Court, Maria Victoria Calle Correa.

While the decision is progressive and welcomed, gay rights activists still have a cloud looming over them—the country still hasn’t fully legalized same-sex marriage. [BBC]

 

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