Italian court allows lesbian couple to adopt each other’s children

Women at the annual LGBT Pride Parade in Turin. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)

In a landmark ruling, an Italian court has approved a lesbian couple’s request to adopt each other’s children based on existing legislation that says a child’s right to “ongoing affection” is key in granting adoption requests. The ruling comes a mere week after the Senate approved a law which authorized same-sex civil unions, but left out a provision granting adoption rights to couples in such unions. The ruling Democratic Party had to cut the provision to get the bill passed, but is now preparing a separate bill which would grant single and unmarried people as well as same-sex couples the same adoption rights as married couples.

The issue came to a head this week when Nichi Vendola, a prominent leftist and the country’s most famous gay politician, revealed that he and his Canadian partner had a son through a surrogate mother in California, prompting criticism from the right. While Vendola would be able to legally adopt his son in the United States, under current Italian legislation, only his Canadian partner — the child’s biological father — would be recognized as the parent in Italy.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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