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Gay Married Couple Jointly Adopts Child In Another First For Germany

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Grace Carr Reporter

A homosexual married couple in Germany became the first couple to legally adopt a child together on Tuesday.

The couple — Michael and Kai Korok — were one of the first gay couples to wed after Germany legalized same-sex marriage in parliament on June 30, and now they have officially adopted a child together on Tuesday, according to The Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg, the Associated Press reported.

“It’s once again a big step forward for gays and lesbians with better judicial security,” LSVD spokesman Joerg Steinert told AFP on Tuesday.

German law states that only married couples can legally adopt a child together. Individuals in civil unions could solely adopt a child but could not do so jointly, and therefore, legal custody of and responsibility for the child would lie in the hands of only one parent.

The gay-marriage bill passed in a 393-226 vote in June, also stipulating that gay couples would be eligible to adopt children under the new legislation, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that a formal adoption by two gay parents transpired. (Related: Germany Legalizes Gay Marriage, Merkel Votes Against)

The first adoption comes after Germany held its first gay wedding on Oct. 2. (Related: Germany Holds First Gay Wedding In The Country Following Legalization).

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