Gay adoption ban lifted in Northern Ireland

Woman holding little girl's handBY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

LGBT rights advocates in Northern Ireland continue to celebrate the lifting of a ban on gay couples adopting children.

The Belfast Telegraph on Wednesday reported the government made the announcement after a group of gay activists interrupted a Nov. 27 meeting that Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots attended.

Poots challenged a Northern Ireland Court of Appeal ruling in June that said the adoption ban violated European human rights law. The U.K. Supreme Court on Nov. 1 denied Poots’ request to appeal the decision.

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