Ireland lifts ban on gay adoption
A ban on gay couples adopting children has been lifted in Northern Island.
Following a judgement from the Supreme Court, unmarried couples and same-sex couples may now adopt children in Northern Ireland.
A department of Health spokesperson said a couple’s same-sex status was no longer prohibitive to them when it came to applying for an adoption order.
“The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.”
The Court of Appeal originally made its decision in June of this year, to allow for same-sex and defacto couples to adopt, but Health Minister Edwin Poots had challenged the decision, resulting in an appearance before the Supreme Court.
The decision granting same–sex couples and defacto couples the ability to adopt brings Northern Ireland into line with the UK, Scotland and Wales.