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Italian Couple Wins Adoption Rights in Important Ruling

After the approval of the Italian civil unions bill, the Turin Court of Appeal granted a lesbian couple, married in Denmark in 2014, the right to stepchild adoption, which means each is allowed to adopt the other's...

by Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights
(Image: Susana Fernandez)

After the approval of the Italian civil unions bill, the Turin Court of Appeal granted a lesbian couple, married in Denmark in 2014, the right to stepchild adoption, which means each is allowed to adopt the other's daughter and get legal guardian status. This judgment is momentous and represents the first precedent of its kind following the approval of the new law. The ruling cites the European Court of Human Rights: "The concept of family life must be anchored to the facts," and the facts cannot be measured "on the fact that the core is formed by a heterosexual union or same-sex people."