23rd April 2013
French Parliament passes same-sex marriage and adoption in final vote 69
4:11 PM — France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, as their Parliament passed it in a final vote after months of debate and heated protest.
21st April 2013
France: Eleventh hour anti-equal marriage protests expected 58
11:18 AM — Demonstrations against the predicted passing of France's equal marriage bill are expected to take place today, with Parisian authorities braced to cope with mass protests.
19th April 2013
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.
18th April 2013
French President Francois Hollande condemns anti-gay attacks 17
12:56 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned displays of homophobic violence in France.
10th April 2013
Video: Israeli gay couple in YouTube plea for help to start a family 4
4:15 PM — A gay couple in Israel have started a campaign, asking for help to start a family after spending their entire savings on several failed surrogacy and adoption attempts, as Israel forbids surrogacy for gay couples.
9th April 2013
Australia: Tasmanian parliament advances bill to allow equal adoption
1:40 PM — The Lower House of the Tasmanian parliament today resoundingly supported the advancement of legislation which would remove the ban on same-sex adoption.
28th March 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to stop gay couples from adopting Russian orphans 11
4:55 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken steps towards ordering the country's government and Supreme Court to write amendments to the adoption procedure prohibiting foreign gay couples from adopting Russian children.
20th March 2013
Puerto Rico Government signals support for gay adoption 1
3:36 PM — Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay couples adopting children.
13th March 2013
US: Catholic Church threatens to end adoption services in Colorado if civil unions become law 27
1:05 AM — As LGBT rights advocates celebrated in the US state of Colorado on Tuesday, when civil unions all but became law, a Catholic adoption charity suggested they might cease to operate if and when the civil unions bill is signed by the Governor.
8th March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: The bible is ‘clear’ that gay sex and adoption are wrong 144
3:07 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has voiced his opposition to equal rights for gay couples to adopt, and has said that the bible is "clear" that only straight, married people should have sex.
7th March 2013
US: Judge postpones ruling on lesbian couple’s adoption and equal marriage ban in Michigan
4:42 PM — A judge has posponed making a decision on a potentially groundbreaking case for equal marriage in the state of Michigan, and has said he will wait until the US Supreme Court makes a decision on equal marriage, before he rules.
US: Lesbian adoption case could challenge Michigan state’s equal marriage ban
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple from Detroit have filed a lawsuit in order to try to adopt each other's children by overturning Michigan state's ban on same-sex adoption, which has escalated into a potentially groundbreaking case against the ban on equal marriage in the state.
Out4Marriage director calls on UK Government to support adoption for all families
12:34 AM — At the mid-point in LGBT adoption week, an LGBT rights advocate has started a petition calling on the UK government to do more to incentivise adoption, particularly for sibling groups of two or more.
6th March 2013
Ruling upheld that Scottish Catholic charity must accept adoption applications from gay couples 20
5:25 PM — A ruling by the Scottish Charity Regulator that a Catholic adoption charity was unlawfully discriminating against gay people by refusing to accept applications from unmarried couples, has been upheld.
4th March 2013
Study: Parental sexuality does not impact on the ability of children to thrive 9
3:02 PM — A UK study into children adopted by same-sex couples has found that those adopted by gay or lesbian parents are just as likely to thrive as those adopted by heterosexual couples.
25th February 2013
US: Kansas Supreme Court makes ‘groundbreaking’ ruling in same-sex custody case
5:48 PM — In what was described as a "groundbreaking" ruling, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday that both same-sex parents of two children, were legally recognisable as the parents of those children.
21st February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate US lesbian ex-wives who hid relationship to adopt child 8
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will look into a custody case of a Russian child adopted by a US lesbian former couple who allegedly hid their marriage in order to adopt the child.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry ‘seriously worried’ to learn of orphan adopted by lesbian 11
5:57 PM — Russian officials have voiced concern over a boy adopted by an American lesbian couple, saying his situation is "morally dubious".
18th February 2013
Turkey: Children fostered by European gay couples will be retrieved 35
12:04 PM — The Turkish Human Rights Commission has said that Turkish children fostered by gay European couples should be returned to their families or given to Turkish couples instead.