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US: Legal battle over gay adoption intensifies

US: Legal battle over gay adoption intensifies

When Fatma Marouf and her wife, Bryn Esplin, decided to foster refugee children in their home state of Texas, being rejected because of their sexual orientation never crossed their minds. But Catholic Charities Fort Worth, which finds foster homes for unaccompanied refugee children, told the couple in 2017 they were not even eligible to apply, […]

Malta Votes in Favour of Civil Unions & Adoption Rights

Malta Votes in Favour of Civil Unions & Adoption Rights

Malta saw the introduction of same-sex civil unions yesterday evening, as well as adoption rights to gay and lesbian couples in the European island state. Many of the Maltese LGBT community and their supporters gathered in St. George’s Square in Valletta to celebrate the Parliament’s vote in favour of civil union legislation, as well as […]

Portugal to Vote on LGBT Adoption Rights

Portugal to Vote on LGBT Adoption Rights

Portugal’s LGBT community is facing an unexpected rights campaign on their hands, as their parliament has approved  holding a referendum, asking citizens whether or not to annul adoption rights for same-sex couples. The motion to hold a referendum was approved with a slight government majority on last Monday, January 17. It has not yet been […]

NI: UK Supreme Court Rejects Poots’ Appeal on Gay Adoption

NI: UK Supreme Court Rejects Poots’ Appeal on Gay Adoption

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal made by Northern Ireland’s Health Minister, Edwin Poots, in an abortive attempt to preserve Northern Ireland’s ban on gay couples jointly adopting children. The Supreme Court published its statement regarding the case online earlier today: The Supreme Court issued an order on 22 October 2013 stating that […]

Poots Spends £100K+ on NI Gay Blood Ban, DUP Blocks LGBT Search

Poots Spends £100K+ on NI Gay Blood Ban, DUP Blocks LGBT Search

Pressure is building on the Health Minister of Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots, as the Belfast Telegraph reports that he spent over £100,000 in public funds to maintain a ban on gay and bisexual men from donating blood. The DUP representative for Lagan Valley has come under widespread public criticism in recent days as it was […]

Northern Irish Minister to Bring Gay Adoption Case to Supreme Court

Northern Irish Minister to Bring Gay Adoption Case to Supreme Court

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, intends to bring a case to the Supreme Court in London, to ensure that gay couples cannot adopt children in the region. In June of this year, the Belfast High Court ruled that the Department of Health’s ban on same-sex couples – as well as straight, unmarried couples […]