It wasn’t a quick decision for Ireland’s legislatures, but after eight hours of debates, the Irish Seanad approved adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples—as the country prepares to vote in May on gay marriage. Late on Monday, in a vote of 20-2, the senate approved the Children and Family Relationships Bill.
According to GSN: “Following lengthy discussions in the days leading to the debate, and 122 amendments, the 100-page bill includes 170 sections, dealing with topics around guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction, and child custody.”
The bill will allow couples who have been living together for more than three years, which will apply to both opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples who want to adopt. The bill now awaits a signature from Irish President Michael D Higgins, who is expected to sign it into law.