The Czech Republic has just approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples in a civil partnership to adopt each other’s biological children.
Same-sex partners can currently live in an officially registered partnership with legal protections such as healthcare, inheritance, and alimony rights. However, gay marriage is still not legally recognized, and civil partnerships don’t allow joint adoption or joint property rights.
Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier said, “It’s about securing that the other partner has a legal relationships with the child…This can make everyday life easier.” Furthermore, he pointed out, the bill would help if one of the biological parents died; the child “wouldn’t need to live in a care home.”
Both chambers of Parliament still have to vote and approve the plan for it to pass. Read more at LGBTQ Nation.