New adoption rights for German civil partners
February 19, 2013 0 comments
Under existing legislation, only heterosexual couples can adopt their partner’s non-biological children.
However, same sex couples in Germany will be prohibited from adopting unrelated children.
“Today’s decision marks a historic step finally to put rainbow families in Germany on a comprehensive, secure legal footing. Full adoption must be the next step.”
According to a Telegraph report, all four couples have applied for civil partnerships at registry offices in a public challenge to current legislation but have been refused because they are heterosexual.
They claim this exclusion amounts to discrimination. Gay right campaigner Peter Tatchell is spearheading a campaign to change the law. He told the Telegraph:
“The Government claims that it is introducing same-sex marriage because it believes in equality, well if that’s the case why won’t it also recognise the right of heterosexual couples to have a civil partnership. For some people, civil partnerships are marriage without the history of sexism and without all the traditional trappings of what a wedding is supposed to be. It is a simple, more informal, modern form of relationship recognition.”