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First Gay Couple Cleared to Adopt In the Czech Republic

Everything is now in place for the men at the center of last year’s discrimination suit to proceed with an adoption

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First Gay Couple Cleared to Adopt In the Czech Republic

Everything is now in place for the men at the center of last year’s discrimination suit to proceed with an adoption


Published 15.02.2017
Last updated 15.02.2017

Last June saw a major victory for the Czech gay and lesbian community when a discriminatory provision in the Registered Partnership Act was annulled in the country’s Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic.

The act previously stated that while gay couples cannot officially marry in the Czech Republic, they can legally obtain a registered partnership that grants many of the rights of a traditional marriage including inheritance, alimony, and spousal privilege.

But not all rights were covered: Laws governing registered partnerships also contained a provision that forbade same-sex couples from adopting children.

The defendant in that case, Petr Laně, was initially prohibited from being entered into the register of suitable applicants for adoption due to his status in a registered partnership.

Under the current ruling, one member of the registered partnership is given the same rights as a single individual in being allowed to apply for adoption. 

Now Laně and his partner John Rous are poised to become the first gay couple to adopt a child in the Czech Republic, says a report in today’s iDnes.cz.

According to the publication, both men have successfully completed all the training, psychological screening, and other requirements necessary to become adoptive parents in the Czech Republic.

“We both had to go through it all, despite [the fact that I am the one who will be recognized as the parent] because only married couples can currently adopt a child,” Laně told the publication.

The couple, who has had their nursery ready for half a year already, does not yet know the gender, age, or nationality of their child, but say that the most important thing is that they give the child a better life.

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>>the most important thing is that they give the child a better life.
A 'better life' would be one with both a mother and a father.

In their book Men Who Beat the Men Who Love Them: Battered Gay Men and Domestic Violence,D. Island and P. Letellier report that “the incidence of domestic violence among gay men is nearly double that in the heterosexual population.”[

The rate of domestic abuse in lesbian relationships is extremely high - various studies have produced figures of between 17% and 45%.

Given that there aren't enough children available for adoption in the CR, it would be prudent to put the *child*'s needs first, and restrict adoptions to married couples. Denying an adoption to a heterosexual couple so that a homosexual couple can adopt the child instead is not in the child's best interests - although it may satisfy social engineers, who are mainly interested in promoting their ideology.

03.15.41 27.02.2017

Awesome news

20.17.36 15.02.2017

CZECHIA YES!

20.06.47 15.02.2017