Same-sex couples and unmarried couples in Northern Ireland are now eligible to adopt children, its Supreme Court ruled this week.
Health Minister Edwin Poots had challenged an earlier decision by a court to extend adoption rights to same-sex couples, but the Supreme Court has ruled that his case doesn’t meet the criteria for appeal.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Following the Court of Appeal judgement in June 2013, unmarried couples, including same sex couples, and those in a civil partnership may apply to adopt.
“The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.”
The law as it stood before meant that single gay or lesbian people could apply to adopt a child in Northern Ireland, but a couple in a civil partnership could not.
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