Gay grouping demands right to adopt children
A gay association has called for the Czech legal landscape to be redrawn allowing individual members of gay couples to be allowed to adopt children. The demand is backed up by legal analysis and a 2,000 signature petition calling for action.
At the heart of its demand is the 2006 law on registered partnerships, or so-called gay marriages. While the hard-won act gave civic and legal recognition from the state for the first time to same sex couples it also, paradoxically, represented a step backwards by including a ban on adoption of children by individuals in registered partnerships.
That is a situation which the Czech gay lobby now urgently wants to remedy. Martin Strachoň, one of the leading members of STUD, explains why
“Registered couples are the only group in the Czech Republic that cannot adopt children. With regard to advice on the constitutional situation, the ban appears to be against the constitution.”
“In the Czech Republic, there are something like 1,000 registered couples. So this is not a question for a very big group of people. But it amounts to a question of principle because the law creates an artificial group of people who on a legal level have lost a right and possibility enjoyed by other citizens.”
STUD has taken expert advice which it says suggests that the current discrimination against individuals in registered couples is in breach not just with the Czech constitution but also with the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Adoption by gay individuals and gay couples is legal in many parts of Europe already.
The Brno association also cites expert studies which maintain that there is no proof that children brought up by same sex couples turn out any differently from those raised by more conventional couples.
Mr. Strachoň says the gay association wants to see action taken by the current Czech caretaker government before lower house elections in May. It points out that government legal advisors have also highlighted the problems with the current situation.