Belgian lower house approves gay adoption D. Wes Rist at 6:36 AM ET
[JURIST Europe] The Belgian Chamber [official website], the lower house of parliament, approved a bill on Friday that will allow same-sex couples to legally adopt children. The bill must pass approval by the Belgian Senate [official website] before becoming law. The Senate is expected to hold hearings on the bill in March. If approved, Belgium would become the third European nation to allow full legal rights for same-sex couples to adopt children, following Sweden and Spain. Germany and Denmark allow same-sex couples to adopt biologically related children. BBC News has more.
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