activists on Friday welcomed a vote by the Belgian chamber
of representatives granting gay couples equal rights
in adoption. Lawmakers voted 77-62 Thursday
night in favor of the bill, which now goes to senate
for final approval, likely in March.
"Gay parenthood is already a reality. We just
want to give it the correct legal framework. With the
vote last night, we've come a step closer," Mieke
Stessens of Belgium's Gay Federation told VRT news.
However, Stessens said she feared a number of senators would
try and delay the implementation of the bill.
Socialist, Liberal, and Green parliamentarians
voted mostly in favor of the bill, while Christian
Democrats and the far-right Flemish Interest party
If the law is adopted by the senate, Belgium
will become the fourth European Union member state
allowing same-sex couples equal rights in adoption,
after Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden. (AP)