The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled against Austria’s decision to deny a lesbian woman the right to adopt her longtime partner’s son.
Under Austrian law, allowing the woman to adopt the boy would have severed his mother’s parental rights, based on a 2006 Austrian ruling that the term “parents” was intended to mean two people of different sex.
Tuesday’s ruling acknowledged that European law on adoption by same-sex couples is in flux, but found that Austria had discriminated against the couple.
It ordered the government to pay more than €38,000 ($50,000) in damages.
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