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New map shows just how much of the world accepts same-sex parents

The gift of becoming a parent is one of life’s greatest gifts but for some, this is not granted.

LGBTQ+ rights have come on leaps and bounds after decades of struggles. But the fight is not over yet.

Many countries have laws dictating whether a same-sex couple is legally entitled to adopt, or if they are banned on the basis of their sexuality.

A new map by RedLetterDays visually displays just how much of the world now accept same-sex parenting legally through adoption comparing this to 10 years ago.

The data shows that 27 out of the 169 countries do allow joint adoption for same-sex couples, leaving 142 that don’t. This equates to 16% acceptance showing although we have come far, we still have a long way to go.

The Netherlands was the first to allow country-wide same-sex marriage in 2001, however, there’s more to equality than the right to marry – and same-sex parental rights are still being fought for.

More recently Australia legalised joint adoption in March 2018, where once only certain territories legally allowed same-sex adoption.

84% of countries class same-sex parenting through adoption as illegal

Many countries have laws dictating whether a same-sex couple is legally entitled to adopt, or if they are banned on the basis of their sexuality.

Much of the world is sadly still behind the times, banning joint adoption for same-sex couples.

As you can see from the map, Europe appears into darkness. Of the 51 countries in Europe, just 16 allow same-sex parents to legally adopt. Everywhere else, it is illegal.

Much of Asia do not accept same-sex parenting, with Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines still classing joint adoption for same-sex couples as illegal.

There are several countries where same-sex marriage and partnerships are legal – such as Chile, Mexico, and Taiwan – but don’t allow joint adoption. Others allow same-sex couples to apply individually and have their application assessed by the country’s legal system.

The world’s view on same-sex parenting 10 years ago – when just 4% was accepting

If the map looks sparse today, it was even worse 10 years ago.

Only six countries fully recognised the legal adoption rights of same-sex couples up to 2008: South Africa (2002), Israel (2008), Belgium (2006), The Netherlands (2001), Spain (2005), and Sweden (2003).

In the UK, same-sex adoption has been legal in England and Wales from 2005, while Scotland legalised in 2009, and Northern Ireland followed suit in 2013. Meaning the whole of the United Kingdom did not accept same-sex adoption until 2013.

The research forms part of a wider study which reveals what the world has to offer to new parents – including mums, dads and LGBTQ parents.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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