Austrian court rules to allow same-sex adoptions

Austrian authorities this week lifted a ban on gay adoption after assessing that the current law went against the European Human Rights Convention.

The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled to allow same-sex adoption in Austria after it was decided that the current ban went against cross-European standards.

Following the news Judge Gerhart Holszinger, who ruled on the case, stated that there was ‘no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation.;

The previous laws stated that only married couples were allowed to adopt in Austria. As gay marriage is not legal in the country this ruled out same-sex couples from the process. Under the new laws gay couples in a registered partnership now have the same rights to adoption as straight couples.

News of the decision was widely welcomed by the LGBT community, who are happy to see that same-sex couples can now start a family much easier.

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