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Gay spouses become first same-sex couple in Germany to adopt

Josh Jackman October 10, 2017
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 15: Gay couple Kai (L) and Michael Korok and their daughter Jana, 4, attend the opening of Germany's first gay parent counseling center on March 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Regenbogenfamilien Zentrum (Rainbow Families Center) will provide counseling and other services to families with gay, lesbian and transgender parents. Gay marriage is legal in Germany though gay couples are not entitled to the same full legal rights as heterosexual couples, and the issue of child adoption by gay couples remains legally somewhat complicated. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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A gay married couple has become the first same-sex pair to adopt a child in Germany.

Michael and Kai Korok, who live in Berlin, were told by authorities today that their adoption has been approved, the Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg said.

They have cared for their son since shortly after his birth, according to The Associated Press.

German couple Michael (L) and Kai Korok pose on October 10, 2017 in Berlin, after they became the first same-sex couple to adopt a child in Germany, only ten days after Germany allowed same-sex couples to wed from October 1.   Berliners Michael and Kai Korok promptly transformed their civil partnership into marriage on October 2, and two days later, they submitted their wedding certificate to seek legal adoption of a two-year-old boy who has lived with them as a foster child since birth.  / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Britta Pedersen / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read BRITTA PEDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Michael and Kai were among the first partners to get married after same-sex marriage officially became legal in Germany at the beginning of this month.

They have been fostering children for several years.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 15:  Gay couple Kai (L) and Michael Korok and their daughter Jana, 4, attend the opening of Germany's first gay parent counseling center on March 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Regenbogenfamilien Zentrum (Rainbow Families Center) will provide counseling and other services to families with gay, lesbian and transgender parents. Gay marriage is legal in Germany though gay couples are not entitled to the same full legal rights as heterosexual couples, and the issue of child adoption by gay couples remains legally somewhat complicated.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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The couple, who live in Berlin, had previously planned to challenge the legal hurdles in their way, until they were cleared in June.

After years of campaigning, things moved swiftly with a vote being announced, carried out and successfully passed in a matter of days.

Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her Christian Democratic Union party a free vote in the proposal put forward by the Social Democrats – though Merkel herself voted against the legislation.

The vote passed in the Bundestag by a clear majority.

German couple Michael (L) and Kai Korok pose on October 10, 2017 in Berlin, after they became the first same-sex couple to adopt a child in Germany, only ten days after Germany allowed same-sex couples to wed from October 1.   Berliners Michael and Kai Korok promptly transformed their civil partnership into marriage on October 2, and two days later, they submitted their wedding certificate to seek legal adoption of a two-year-old boy who has lived with them as a foster child since birth.  / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Britta Pedersen / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read BRITTA PEDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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393 members of parliament voted in favour of the bill, with 296 voting against and 4 abstentions.

Previously, same-sex couples could not get married but instead only enter into civil unions.

The quick movement towards the snap vote came before the general election in Germany last month.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 15:  Gay couple Kai (L) and Michael Korok and their daughter Jana, 4, attend the opening of Germany's first gay parent counseling center on March 15, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Regenbogenfamilien Zentrum (Rainbow Families Center) will provide counseling and other services to families with gay, lesbian and transgender parents. Gay marriage is legal in Germany though gay couples are not entitled to the same full legal rights as heterosexual couples, and the issue of child adoption by gay couples remains legally somewhat complicated.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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The election saw Germany’s far-right anti-gay party win seats in the country’s Parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

Merkel will remain in office for a fourth term.

The Greens, Linke, and Free Democrats all vocally backed same-sex marriage and said they would not have entered into a coalition government unless the law was changed.

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