ECHR to hear French gay adoption case

15th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A French gay couple who were denied the right to adopt a child will have their case heard by Europe's top rights court, in a case that has won support from rights and gay groups.

In 2006, Valerie Gas applied for an adoption order for the daughter of her long-term partner Nathalie Dubois.

Gas and Dubois had lived together since 1989, and Dubois had a daughter in 2000 from an anonymous donor.

French courts rejected the adoption request, saying it was not in the interests of the child and could deprive Dubois of her rights in respect of the child.

The couple complained to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2007 that the ruling was discriminatory, amd infringed their right to respect for their private life.

In its admissibility decision published on Wednesday, the court found that the case "raised serious issues of fact and law" that required examination.

In a 2008 gay adoption case, the ECHR ruled in favour of a lesbian couple seeking to adopt a child.

© 2010 AFP

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