In a landmark decision yesterday, a French court overturned a ruling which prevented a lesbian couple from adopting. Papers around the country are reacting to the news.
“Two women and a cradle,” is the headline in today’s l’Est Républicain. The paper’s editorial refers to the decision by a French court to allow a lesbian couple to adopt as “the end of hypocrisy”. Those advocating gay adoption point out that only one of the women will legally be the parent of the adopted child. However even this is a major advance for those advocating adoption by same sex couples. In 1966, French law extended the right to adopt to single people but courts have consistently blocked single gay people or a gay person in a relationship from adopting.
Le Progrès de Lyon is less enthused by the decision. It questions whether we should decide permit a child to have two women or two men as parents when it has always been the case that a child has a father and a mother. “The happiness of Emmaneulle and Laurence is not enough of a reason for this.”
Other stories covered in today’s French papers:
Aujourd’hui en France
Bernard Laporte strikes out
In 12 years the number of obese people in France has doubled
2012 the movie criticized by NASA
France and Germany commemorate 11th November together – from armistice to friendship