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Germany’s highest court confirms adoption by mother’s lesbian partner

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  1. Stuart Neyton 27 Aug 2009, 7:28pm

    I thought this was already the case. Unless I did my German coursework wrong (which is very likely given this case), Stiefkindadoption (or Stepchild adoption) has been legal in Germany for some time, but couples can’t jointly adopt.

    It’s a shame that public opinion is ahead of lawmakers’ on this issue.

  2. Interesting, Stuart. Thanks for that info :) I don’t quite understand this article. Is it implying that previously only a partner of the opposite sex to the natural parent could adopt?

  3. Yes, it’s not very clear. The article says “Gay and lesbian couples can register their partnerships and their rights include most of those of marriage, including the possibility of stepchild adoption” — and yet the whole article is supposed to be about the courts ruling that now gay and lesbian people can adopt their stepchildren…

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