Tuesday's ruling by Germany's highest court found that a father, Ingmar Zöller, along with his husband Thomas Welter can become the legal guardians of two children they raise together in Berlin. Same-sex couples in Berlin had previously been unable to adopt kids.
The new "successive adoption", or sometimes called second-parent adoption, allows the partner of a child's legal guardian to adopt them as well. The high court ruled that a ban on successive adoptions was against the right to equal treatment.
It's estimated that there are around 67,000 same-sex couples living in Germany (2011) and 16,000 children living with either two fathers or two mothers.