In my opinion, equal rights for gay couples are no more than normal. Someone’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with, for example, parenting skills. According to the newspaper, the couple has received positive advices regarding the adoption from both psychologists and social institutions. This, in combination with the ruling of the ECHR, apparently still isn’t enough for the short-sighted French regional government. It appears that there exists some strange construction where straight couples and singles, and gay singles can adopt a child, but a gay couple can’t. Wow. Talk about complicated.
I realise that in the Netherlands we are quite liberal when it comes to gay rights. Any homosexual couple can get married (although civil servants can choose not to marry gay couples), can adopt a child and virtually has the same rights as any straight couple or person. The fact that even after the ECHR had decided against the blocking of the adoption, it was not allowed to go through, is preposterous I think.
In a related note: how would Wim van de Camp, the homosexual leader on the EP election list for the Dutch Christian Democrats, feel about this…?