Finland’s parliament has voted to give people in same-sex couples who are registered in an official partnership the legal right to adopt the naturally-born child of their partner. The new law enables children to be eligible for alimony and gives them the right to inherit a surviving parent even if they’re not their true biological parent.
This greatly resembles the existing Finnish laws concerning the majority male-female partnerships. If the same-sex couple decides to split ways, the parent who is non-biological would still be able to apply for visitation rights.
The Brisbane Times reported that the bill was passed by parliament by a vote of 108 to 29. One legislator abstained and 61 members of parliament were absent for the vote. A protracted debate preceded the final vote, with several members of the ruling coalition voting against the measure.
Pentti Oinioen, a member of the opposition True Finns Party, sparked angry responses when he spectacularly suggested in public that pet owners may be the next group of Finns to demand the right to marry the pet dogs if the law was passed. However, the bill passed easily, and Oinionen had to come out and state that his comments were not meant to offend anybody.
It’s the right of a child to be loved. whether it’s his biological parent or not as long as the known parent of a child raised them in a good manner.
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Can be granddad any day… But so far have never felt a need to change my sexual preferences.
The only thing that makes me worry – not to change to complete idiot with coming ages ;-)
“But how can a gay have it? From previous wife? Then he is a cheater!”
ALEXANDER SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY VARIABLE AND CHANGES A LOT IN HUMAN BEINGS. YOUR GENDER IS NOT THE SAME THING AS YOUR SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. MANY PEOPLE GET MARRIED AND FORM AN HETEROSEXUAL COUPLE, BUT AFTER YEARS THEIR SEXUAL BEHAVIOR CHANGE DRAMATICALLY.
HOW OLD ARE YOU ALEXANDER? MAYBE EVEN YOU COULD BECOME GAY SOME DAY!! OR MAYBE JUST BISEXUAL!!
I have a question. I understand that a lesbian can have naturally born child. But how can a gay have it? From previous wife? Then he is a cheater!
PS. 108 votes out of 199? Not much really. And I wonder how many would vote against in case of secret vote? ;-)