Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, has ruled homosexuals should be able to adopt children.
The court Friday rejected a claim by a Muslim man in Brescia that his child was being damaged because his former partner is now living with a woman, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The court called the belief that being brought up by a gay couple is damaging to children “mere prejudice.”
Flavio Romani, president of the group Arcigay, called it a “historic ruling” and said it will allow future governments to enact laws allowing same-sex marriage.
“The Cassation Court today reaffirmed what we’ve been saying for a long time,” Romani said. “Love is what makes children grow, and not the sexual orientation of their parents.”
Giancarlo Galan, a former Veneto governor and member of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party, commended the ruling, calling it a “significant step forward for civil rights.” He said Italy is a secular state that should “listen to its citizens and no one else.”
Sen. Ignazio Marini, a member of the Democratic Party, said gays should have the same rights as heterosexuals
-more at UPI.com.
The French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a French television station this morning a change in legislation to allow gay couples to marry and adopt children will be done ‘quickly’ and that a draft is ‘ready’.
According to French news website Yagg.com, M Ayrault told radio station RMC and TV station BFMTV this morning that the measures would be implemented soon.
It was not clear whether the prime minister meant a draft bill had been drawn up, but the site reported remarks made by Gilles Bon-Maury, the president of the Socialists’ Homosexualités et Socialisme faction that such a bill could be presented to Parliament for discussion “before the autumn”.
(This statement in a radio interview largely repeats a commitment made in a government communique, within days of taking office).
Prime Minister John Key says he would give initial support to potential legislation to legalise adoption by gay couples.
Three private members bills which would enable same-sex adoption are either in the Parliamentary members’ ballot or are being drafted.
The National Party’s northern regional conference in Auckland at the weekend passed a remit during a closed session to support adoption by couples in a civil union.
Greens MP Kevin Hague and National MP Nikki Kaye have formed an unlikely alliance and are developing their own bill to overhaul adoption law.
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