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Northern Ireland gay adoption ban ruled unlawful

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Oct 2012, 12:28pm

    Make no mistake, the bigots would rather a child remain in foster care, shifted from pillar to post just as long as gay people are denied adoption rights. Wait for the expected rants to begin among the equal marriage opponents.

  2. casparthegood 18 Oct 2012, 12:46pm

    Anyone still got a copy of the cartoon from Gay News back in the 70’s -it was a 4 parter and ended in a Reverend gentleman bawling ‘ANTICHRIST!’ I kept a copy on my office wall for years and it sums up NI attitudes perfectly

  3. That There Other David 18 Oct 2012, 1:45pm

    A member of my partner’s family decided one day that the parents of a nearby child “weren’t fit” and with the backing of the church just took the couple’s daughter and raised her as their own. Admittedly this was 30 years ago now, but it shows that even for the straights it’s extremely messed up in the six counties.

  4. Midnighter 18 Oct 2012, 1:49pm

    Another example of society evolving beyond the restrictions of outdated and irrelevant religion and the bigots who hide behind it.

  5. This ban was always doomed to legal failure. Stormont should have acted after the House of Lords (as it still was) ruled in favour an unmarried couple in re P in 2008, but they have repeatedly failed to do so, preferring to drag this through the courts.

    The government only worsened the situation by arguing (when the NI courts started looking at this earlier in the year) that they really had meant to also bar a person in a CP from adopting as a single individual. No doubt the courts would in any case have decided to affirm the right of a CP-ed same-sex couple to adopt, but the additional nastiness of, as the judge pointed out, forcing gay people to choose between the right to adopt or to CP your partner seems to have rightly irked the judge, who called it “quite irrational and plainly unlawful”.

    Edwin Poots, needless to say, plans to appeal. Perhaps the judgement in the appeal should be written in crayon on a postcard so Mr Poots can understand it.

  6. Cardinal Capone 18 Oct 2012, 2:13pm

    If the Tories abolish the Human Rights Act, as the new Justice Secretary said they would if they win the next election outright, my concern is that it will make it impossible to win cases like this in the British courts. It’s the “nasty” element of that party that wants to abolish the Act.

    1. de Villiers 18 Oct 2012, 2:25pm

      I think that this ruling was not based on the Human Rights Act – it was based on the Equality Act 2010?

    2. de Villiers 18 Oct 2012, 4:07pm

      Someone has posted a link to the judgment – and you are correct that it was based on the HRA.

    3. That There Other David 18 Oct 2012, 6:45pm

      I wouldn’t worry too much. Unless the SNP win their referendum and take Scotland out before 2015 the next government will be Labour-led. The Tories killed their chances of an outright win by stabbing the Lib Dems in the back over Lords reform. Without significant boundary changes caused by a reduction of MPs the Tories need one hell of a swing to get a majority, and that isn’t now going to happen.

  7. Great news! A child needs a good parent and randomly ruling people out because of their sexuality is idiotic aswell as discriminatory.

  8. It’s a great judgement. Not often I would recommend people to read in full, but this is very affirming:

    I wrote a summary of it for a local human rights blog:

  9. Gay Actovist Paul Mitchell 19 Oct 2012, 2:12am

    This ruling is long overdue!

    Why is Northern Ireland law always way behind on UK legislation in Westminster anyway?

    Gay couples are just as good parents as straight couples – sometimes even better parents. Some straight married couples just fight and continually get involved in domestic violence and be in loveless marriages with children that are never loved by their parents or parents who abandon them!

    Just because you are heterosexual does not mean you are a good excellent parent or give you an excuse to have children!

    It is the same with driving or drivers Licences, it is a privilege – not a right!

    I have learned that the hard way when I was pulled over by a hot and handsome blond male police officer for speeding back in November 2011!

    Here in Australia since 2005 we have had the “baby bonus” and guess what – the money does not go straight to the children, it just goes straight into poker machines, beer, cigarettes, plasma screen televisions and illegal drugs!

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