Northern Ireland to allow same-sex couples to adopt Jaclyn Belczyk at 12:53 PM ET
[JURIST] Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal [BBC report] by Health Minister Edwin Poots [official profile], finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court [official website] ruled [JURIST report] last year that the law permitting adoption only by heterosexual married couples or single individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, was unlawful. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) [advocacy website] had challenged Articles 14 and 15 of the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987 [text], arguing that the "eligibility criteria for adoption are unjustifiably discriminatory." Poots' unsuccessful appeal means that unmarried heterosexual couples will also be eligible to adopt.
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