Same-sex couples are finally able to adopt children in all 50 states

Mississippi was the last state in the country to maintain its ban on same-sex adoption, until Federal Judge Daniel Jordan overruled it on Thursday. Mississippi’s anti-gay law which prohibits same-sex couples from adopting kids has been stuck down in federal court on Thursday night, making gay adoption legal throughout all 50 states in the U.S.

Italian Senate approves civil unions for gay and heterosexual couples

Politicians in Rome have approved a bill recognizing civil unions for same sex and heterosexual couples. However, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had to water down the legislation a great deal for the Upper House’s approval. Prime Minister Renzi would have had to resign had he lost Thursday’s vote, but 173 members voted for the bill

Portugal’s President Vetoes Adoption Rights for Gay Couples

In one of his last acts in office, Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has vetoed legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. Cavaco Silva vetoed the bill, saying the issue should be subject to further debate, Agence France-Presse reports. “It is important that such a big change on a sensitive social topic is not entered into

Czech court recognizes gay adoption

The court in Prostějov, south Moravia, has delivered a breakthrough ruling when it recognized the adoption of 10-year-old twins by a Czech-French gay couple living in the US, daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD) writes. The Czech man and his French husband adopted the boys as new-born babies in San Francisco, where they bring them up,

Portuguese lawmakers approve same-sex adoption bill

Portuguese lawmakers on Nov. 20 approved a bill that would extend adoption rights to same-sex couples. All but one member of the Socialist Party and other center-left parties that have a majority in the Portuguese Parliament voted for the measure. Nineteen members of the center-right Social Democratic Party also backed the bill. Advocates began their

Ireland will end exemptions to LGBT equality law for schools and hospitals

Fresh off of the country’s first same-sex weddings, Ireland’s government is pushing forward with more changes – amending LGBT equality law exemptions for schools and hospitals. The Republic of Ireland approved same-sex marriage in a landslide referendum earlier this year, by 62.07% to 37.93% – and overcoming bureaucratic hurdles, yesterday the green light has been

Top Colombia court rules same-sex couples can adopt children

Colombia’s highest court on Wednesday ruled same-sex couples in the South American country can adopt children. The Colombian Constitutional Court in a 6-2 ruling cited international treaties and standards that support adoption rights for gays and lesbians. “The court signaled that scientific studies and evidence that supports the process clearly demonstrated, or that adoption by

On September 17th, 2015, the autumn work agenda of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania was approved and contains a long list of initiatives seeking to limit LGBT* rights. Firstly, there is the infamous amendment to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of Child of the Republic of Lithuania, prohibiting

Lithuanian Parliament to Prohibit Joint Adoption by Same-sex Couples

On September 15th, 2015 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania placed an amendment to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of Child of the Republic of Lithuania, prohibiting an “adoption of Lithuanian citizens by same-sex couples”, on its agenda for the autumn’s session. The legislative motion was introduced by a

Greenland legalizes same-sex marriage

On the 26th of May, 2015 Greenland’s parliament  voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009. The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized same-sex