Just a couple of quick notes about international developments.
First in Uruguay, one house of parliament approved legislation permitting adoption by lesbian and gay couples. The Senate is expected to follow suit shortly Uruguay would be the first South American nation to approve adoptions by lesbian and gay couples.
In opposing the measure, the archbishop of Montevideo said “It’s not about religion, philosophy or sociology. It’s something which is mainly about the respect of human nature itself.” The invocation of nature as a basis for opposing lesbian and gay parentage is noteworthy. I’ve written before about the unthinking invocation of what’s natural.
A few days before Uruguay’s action, the high court in Germany affirmed the rights of a lesbian to adopt her partner’s child, creating a legal two-mother family. A lower court had denied the adoption, reasoning that it undermined the rights of the (presumably male) biological parent.
In rejecting this reasoning, the high court instead noted that the biological progenitor was not necessarily the parent. Being a parent, the court seems to say, is more than DNA. This, of course, is entirely consistent with much I’ve said here.
Both the reports I’ve referred to here are sketchy and if anyone can add more details, do have at it.
It’s a gain for lesbian couples in Germany, but one of limited scope. Lesbian and gay people are not allowed to adopt children they are not related to, so presumably a lesbian or gay couple could not adopt a child that was not already the child of one of them.