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NEWS: Germany Extends Gay Adoption Benefits

By February 20, 2013

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Same -sex partners in Germany will have more protections thanks to a new ruling that extends adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples.

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.
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February 21, 2013 at 1:34 am
(1) Prasad dilshan says:

I feel happy.

February 25, 2013 at 10:17 am
(2) Bill C says:

Things are getting better country by country.

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