Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay sinceand gay and lesbian couples were given adoption rights in Inthe High Court rejected a legal bid by a British lesbian couple who had married in Canada to have their union recognised as a marriage in the UK rather than a civil partnership.
Legal No laws against same-sex sexual activity have ever existed in the region .
Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents. In the Child's Best Interest States are supposed to make rules on adoption and foster care to protect the best interest of children in need of loving homes and families.
Human Rights Campaign hrc. On 11 Februarythe Congress of Coahuila approved adoptions by same-sex couples. Belarus Ukraine. July 18, - House Rejects Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage "The House on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, ending for another year a congressional debate that supporters of the ban hope will still reverberate in this fall's country to grant gays and lesbians the right to wed.
In the fall ofon November 20, a marriage bill also passed Stage 1 of the process in Scotland, with a final debate and vote approving the bill for good on February 4, Michelle Bacheletthe President of Chile, who was elected to a second term in Marchpromised to work for the implementation of same-sex marriage and had a majority in both houses of Congress.
Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-seven countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Mayotte Overseas region of France. United Arab Emirates. The proposal was approved by a to 22 vote, with 16 abstentions.
It became law on 30 November
However, this is not seen as homosexual, but is instead a way for families without sons to keep their inheritance within the family. A few days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel rescinded her opposition to a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage, a majority vote passed legislation that did just that.
And in , the country enacted a law allowing gay couples in registered partnerships the right to adopt children. See also Same-sex union legislation Same-sex union court cases Timeline of same-sex marriage Recognition of same-sex unions in Africa Recognition of same-sex unions in Asia Recognition of same-sex unions in Europe Recognition of same-sex unions in the Americas Recognition of same-sex unions in Oceania Marriage privatization Divorce of same-sex couples Domestic partnership Military policy Adoption Listings by country LGBT rights by country or territory.
Domestic partnerships in California ,  the District of Columbia ,  Maine ,  Oregon ,  Maryland ,  and Nevada ;  Civil unions in New Jersey ,  Illinois ,  Hawaii ,  and Colorado .