Good news from Columbia for would-be same-sex parents.
By Melanie Nathan, November 06, 2015.
In a victory for the country’s LGBT community, the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled on November 4, 2015, that same-sex couples in Colombia can adopt children. Previously couples could only adopt a child if it was the offspring of one of the partners, but after hours of debate a 6-2 vote was made in favor of adoption. Despite the adoption ruling, same-sex couples cannot marry, though civil unions were legalized in 2013.
Williams Institute scholars Abbie Goldberg, Nanette Gartrell, and Gary Gates filed a brief with the Court that reviewed social science research on psychological, emotional and educational outcomes of children of same-sex parents.
The brief explained that lesbian, gay and heterosexual parents show little differences in regard to mental health, parenting stress, and parenting competence, and that there are few differences between children raised by same-sex parents and heterosexual parents in terms of self-esteem…
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