High Court hears petition on adoption by LGBTQ couples: ‘Decision cannot be avoided’

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08/02/2023

The High Court heard a petition Thursday against discrimination toward LGBTQ couples who wish to adopt, and indicated it might move to resolve the issue in the absence of a legislative solution. The discussions on the Child Adoption Law ended without a decision, but the three-judge panel made it clear that the current situation was untenable and cannot be ignored, given that there is no legislation on the matter on the horizon. The petition, filed by civil and LGBTQ rights organizations and several couples, calls for broadening the interpretation of the current adoption law so that it includes same-sex couples among the exceptions to the general rule favoring married heterosexual couples in adopting children.

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