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France appeals court prohibits lesbian from adopting child of partner

[JURIST] The French Cour de Cassation [official website, in French] appeals court ruled Tuesday that French law precluded a woman from legally adopting her lesbian partner's biological child, who was conceived through artificial insemination. The court held that such adoption was impermissible because when a child is adopted, its biological parent must give up their legal entitlement to the child. France [JURIST news archive] does not recognize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive], though it does permit gay unions with fewer legal entitlements. AFP has more.

Last week, the Utah Supreme Court [official website] issued [JURIST report] a similar decision [text, PDF] in the case of a child conceived in a lesbian relationship, holding that parental rights should be restricted to biological parents in the cases of unmarried parents raising children related by blood to only one partner.

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