This week, however, the map grew just a little bit and the world is a better place for it.
On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of X and Others v. Austria (application 19010/07) and ruled that Austria’s Civil Code discriminates against a partner in a same-sex relationship by making it legally impossible to adopt the biological child of the other partner while permitting second parent adoptions for unmarried heterosexual couples.
Also on Tuesday, Germany overturned a ban on so-called “successive adoptions” for gay couples in civil partnerships. This ruling, however, did not make it legal for same-sex couples to jointly adopt a child; adoption is only available on an individual basis.
While I am really excited for the recognition and rights for these families, I am also deeply saddened that we haven’t come further. I am torn between being enraged at the hoops and layers and stigma and homophobia families face and feeling hope that I can see real change and that maybe my daughter will be able to live in a world where all love is respected and recognized. Today, I choose to focus on the hope, so I am posting here.
If you are (or know anyone who is) affected by these rulings, I would love to here your (their) perspective here.
P.S. Huge shout out to Julieta who is too busy working to blog but sends me the news articles she wants highlighted here. Julieta, if you weren’t a 25 hour plane flight away, I would buy you a coffee (or mate)!
P.P.S. Don’t for get to check out the blogs listed under Adoption at Lesbian Family.
P.P.P.S. In the comments, Shannon has already noted that the map from WikiMaps incorrectly lists Illinois. See any other mistakes? Also, lesson learned, don’t use wikipedia for research or factual graphics.