In Januarythe Constitutional Court of Austria found the existing laws on adoption to be unconstitutional and ordered the laws to be changed by 31 December to allow joint adoption by same-sex couples in Austria. On 22 June the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation upheld a lower court's decision to approve a request for a lesbian to adopt her partner's daughter. Unmarried couples of any sex and couples in a civil union can now jointly adopt children, under a New Zealand High Court ruling in December American Academy of Nursing. It allows a life partner who is not a biological parent of their partner's child or children to gain parental responsibilities on a temporary or permanent basis.
LGBT adoption in Europe.
The law went into effect on 1 March A government-sponspored adoption law in Uruguay allowing LGBT adoption was approved by the lower house on 28 Augustand by the Senate on 9 September Legal challenges to those laws, some pending in lower courts, eventually could come to the Supreme Court. Retrieved 18 November Windy City Media Group. Stepparent adoption legal 1.
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Archived from the original on 6 January Wong 14 April In Januarythe Constitutional Court of Austria found the existing laws on adoption to be unconstitutional and ordered the laws to be changed by 31 December to allow joint adoption by same-sex couples in Austria. Archived from the original PDF on 19 April The New York Times.