Same-Sex Couples Can Now Adopt in Northern Ireland

Gay Adoption in Norther IrelandThe number of places expanding rights for LGBT couples and individuals is growing. One such place to feel the love is Northern Ireland, where same-sex couples in civil partnerships can now adopt. Previously, those in the LGBT community only adopt if they were not in a legally recognized relationship, according to

The court decision to extend adoption rights to gay couples had been challenged by Health Minister Edwin Poots, who recently said he was “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.

The Supreme Court said his department’s case did not meet the criteria for appeal.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Following the Court of Appeal judgment in June 2013, unmarried couples, including same sex couples, and those in a civil partnership may apply to adopt.

“The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.”

This decision is one of the many made in 2013 that will pave the way for LGBT couples and individuals looking to start a family.

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