October 13, 2003
STOCKHOLM — Authorities in Sweden have formally recognised the first two
cases of gay couples adopting children, following a change in the
law which came into effect in February.
The TT news agency said that two lesbians in Umeaa in the
northeast of the country had become the legal mothers of a little
girl, the biological daughter of one of them.
In Stockholm two men had been recognised as co-fathers of a
little girl adopted in the United States in 1998. Hitherto the
Swedish courts had refused recognition but the new law, voted in
June 2002, changed the situation.
In general, though, the new law has not made a great difference.
Since few Swedish children are available for adoption most are
brought in from overseas, in particular from China, Colombia and
The six organisations authorised to bring in such children fear
the supply could dry up if the authorities in the countries of
origin think the children will end up in homosexual households.
The National Federation for the Equality of Sexes (RFSL) has
protested that gay couples are being ostracised and is
contemplating establishing its own agency. –Sapa-AFP
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