Danish gay couples get adoption rights

Denmark, which in 1989 was the first nation to create same-sex registered partnerships, extended adoption rights to registered same-sex couples May 5.

Parliament passed the measure without the support of the ruling coalition. It takes effect July 1.

Danish gays and lesbians previously could adopt only as individuals or as the second parent of a partner’s biological child.

Justice Minister Lars Barfoed said the government opposed the bill because “children as a rule need a mother and a father.”

By Rex Wockner


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