thomson reuters foundation: After equal marriage, LGBT+ Germans fight for the right to a family

Green Party parliamentarian Ulle Schauws, sponsor of the change in civil code, said the existing law was „not in the child’s best interest“ and was out of step with the principle of equal treatment enshrined in the German constitution.

„Unlike the case of heterosexual marriage, where the parental rights are automatically granted, a couple who has a child in a lesbian relationship has to undergo a lengthy procedure of stepchild adoption,“ she said in an email.

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