A court in Rome has allowed a lesbian couple to adopt each other’s children. Both women have a daughter and they conceived by artificial insemination, a procedure reserved only for married couples in Italy.
"Now each child has a biological parent and a social parent, both with full and equal parental capacity and responsibility", said Francesca Quarato, the couple´s lawyer.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had promised to pass stepchild adoption rights along with the civil unions bill by the end of last year, but his plans were frustrated by repeated challenges from within parliament and the Catholic church. The bill did pass the Senate last week but only after the adoption provision was dropped.
Italy is the only major Western country left that does not recognize either civil unions or gay marriage.
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