Belgium mulls gay adoption rights

After legalising gay marriages earlier this year, Belgium is moving closer to granting homosexual couples the controversial right to adopt children.

    Belgium passed laws allowing gay couples to marry in 2000

    Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt's own Dutch-speaking Liberal Party said it will table a bill to parliament to do away with the legal uncertainty surrounding children in such unions. 

    "Research and the practical experience of countries which already allow adoption by same-sex and bisexual couple, show that children raised by same-sex parents are not affected in a negative way," the VLD party said in a statement on its Web site. 

    Parliament last February voted to give gay couples the same legal status as heterosexual ones. It was not immediately clear when the new bill will be introduced. 

    Opposition

    Three parties opposed that bill - the Francophone Liberals, the far right Vlaams Blok and the Francophone Christian Democrats. 

    But with help from the Socialists and the Greens, who have always supported the right to adoption, the bill looks set to carry a majority in parliament. 

    Belgium, whose population of 10 million is 75% Roman Catholic, has increasingly broken from its conservative traditions. 

    The Vatican has condemned same-sex unions as deviant and a threat to society in a move to halt the growing momentum towards legalising gay marriage in North America and Europe. 

    Belgium followed the example of the Netherlands which has recognised registered homosexual partnerships since 1998, but it only passed laws allowing them gay couples to marry and adopt children in December 2000.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Cricket World Cup 2019 Quiz: How many runs can you score?

    Pick your team and answer as many correct questions in three minutes.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Remembering Chernobyl

    Remembering Chernobyl

    The fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion remains as politicised as ever, 28 years on.