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Belgium legalizes same-sex adoption


Danny McCoy | April 24, 2006

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Belgium�s Senate has narrowly approved a new law allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children with the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The Senate voted in favor of the new law 34-33, with two abstentions, according to Gay.com.UK. The vote got a wider approval margin in the lower house of parliament, passing 77-62 last December.

In 2003, Belgium became one of the first countries in the EU to introduce gay marriage. Today, it is one of only three countries to offer same-sex couples full gay marriage.

Spain and The Netherlands also offer full rights to same-sex couples.

Throughout the EU, gay couples are allowed to adopt children in Sweden, Wales, England, Spain and The Netherlands. Adoption limited to the partner�s biological parents is available in Germany and Denmark. – Issued by Gay Link Content


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