Gay adoption ban in Austria declared discriminatory

Lesbian Austrian couple raise hands in solidarity

The couple whose story is behind this historic LGBT legal victory in Europe. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled Austria’s ban on second-parent adoption for same-sex couples is discriminatory. “This is a very significant and important victory for rainbow families in Europe,” Martin K. I. Christensen, co-chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board. “We hope that this judgment will pave the way towards the removal of the remaining legal barriers for these families in Europe.”

“This is an important step forward towards the application of the principle of non-discrimination based on the sexual orientation and strengthening legal security and certainty for children,” she said. “This ruling should guide not only domestic courts, but also the legislator in European states that have not yet amended their legislation in that direction.”

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