In an effort to
find more parents to adopt needy children, a new bill
soon to be introduced into parliament will allow gay couples
in Scotland to adopt and be foster parents. Formerly,
only one partner in an unmarried couple, whether gay
or straight, was allowed to adopt, but the new
legislation will let all unmarried couples adopt jointly,
reports The Scotsman.
"At a time when the number of adoptions is
falling and the number of children living in seriously
chaotic households is rising, we have to secure more
opportunities for youngsters to enjoy family stability,
which can make all the difference," Peter Peacock,
Scotland's education minister, told The Scotsman.
Predictably, the Catholic Church of Scotland
objects to the plan, calling it a "social experiment"
that is not good for children. However, observers
expect it to pass upon introduction into parliament. (The