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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, February 25, 2006

France Gives Gay Partners Custodial Authority

France’s highest court ruled Friday that both partners in a homosexual relationship can exercise parental authority over a child born to one of them.The decision has reopened debate over gay marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples, which remains illegal in that country. The decision also applies to male homosexual couples, where one of the partners is the biological father of a child. The court wrote that “The civil code is not opposed to a mother, as sole holder of the parental authority, delegating all or part of the duties to the woman with whom she lives in a stable and continuous union.”  Source: For the complete story, please click here (last visited February 25, 2006, reo).

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