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France's highest
court grants equal parental authority to gay couples

France's highest
court grants equal parental authority to gay couples

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Gay and lesbian families win important victory in the country, where same-sex marriage and adoption by gays remain illegal.

France's top court on Friday granted gay couples joint parental rights, where previously only the biological parent had authority.

"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," the Cour de Cassation court wrote in its ruling. The decision of the court, which interprets French law but does not hear trials, also applies to gay male couples when one partner is a biological father.

Previously, French law granted parental responsibility to someone other than a biological parent only in unusual cases and did not cover gay couples in that regard.

The legal win is the latest victory for French gays and lesbians, who are allowed civil unions but are still fighting for marriage and adoption rights. (Advocate.com)

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