Same-sex Irish law only allowed gay people to adopt children as is legal in Ireland, following approval of a referendum on 22 May which amended the Constitution of Ireland to provide that marriage is recognised irrespective of the sex of the partners. On 20 MayHeneghan now 27 initiated a fresh legal challenge in the High Court against the blanket deferral on men who have had oral or anal sex with another man in the previous month period.
If applicants are approved as suitable to adopt, legally only one of them would be the legal parent of the child. In JunePortugal became the eighth country to legalize same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that the lower court judges lacked legal standing to bring the suits.
John O'Doherty, director of a Northern Ireland gay rights group called the Rainbow Project, denounced the government plans to appeal the judgment as "wasting public money on a fool's errand. If heterosexuals are permitted to adopt children, then homosexuals must also be allowed to do so.
April Retrieved 16 April Primarily, adoption is by married couples. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries.
About the author:. Please log in to comment. He claimed this is in breach of EU law. Archived from the original on 19 October Canada has no nation-wide law legalizing same-sex adoption, but rather has smaller provincial laws that cover the entire nation. The vast majority of children adopted in Ireland come from abroad including China, Vietnam, India and the United States.
Iceland had allowed same-sex couples to register as domestic partners since
Same-sex marriage became legally recognised in Ireland on 16 November and the first marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples occurred on 17 November Honolulu, HI. On 17 May , the Portuguese parliament approved a bill in first reading allowing "co-adoption" of the biological or adopted child of the same-sex spouse or partner, where that spouse or partner is the only legally recognized parent of the child e.