A major court decision in Austria has ruled that gay and lesbian couples must have the same rights as opposite-sex couples wehn it comes to adopting children. The Constitutional Court ruling voids a law that said that gay couples could only adopt a child if one of the parents was the biological father or mother. Chief Judge Gerhart Holzinger said in the ruling that there is “no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation,” and also explained that preventing gay couples from adopting is contradictory to anti-discrimination statues of the European Human Rights Convention.
The decision is quite surprising as gay couples in Austria still cannot legally marry, they can only register as living together. [AP]