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Adoption by same-sex couples gains backing

The cabinet said on Wednesday it supports moves to allow the children of one partner in same-sex couples to be adopted by the other.

The civil partnership law introduced in 2005 bans such adoption, although single lesbians or gays do have the right.

A motion put forward after a petition by same-sex organisations and approved by a Senate legal affairs commission aims to tackle the situation. It proposes that all adults, whatever their civil status or lifestyle, be allowed to adopt if it’s in the child’s best interests.

Equally, children from a father or mother’s former relationship or adopted by a single parent should also be able to be adopted by a partner.

The cabinet however ruled out the option of unrestricted adoption for same-sex couples.

The Senate will discuss the issue next in March. The rightwing Swiss People’s Party has openly opposed the plans in the past and issued a statement on Wednesday saying it would fight the moves “in the interest of the children”, adding that it “paved the way for the unrestricted adoption of children by homosexual couples”.

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