In regard to the adoption of children it has always been the intention of the adoption laws to be able to provide an orphaned or unparented or underparented child with parents as if they were his or her own. It is claimed by some that the current adoption laws, which reflect this concept, are now discriminatory particularly against same sex couples.
By Boris Dittrich June 19 Divorce was outlawed, abortion was — and remains — criminalized in all cases, and the law failed to address key human rights concerns affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
On one front at least, in the past four years, this country ofpeople has pleasantly surprised the world with progressive LGBTI rights legislation. It introduced a gender identity recognition bill, drawing on best practices that place it as a leader ahead of many other countries.
Transgender people can have their gender identity reflected in their identity papers without the interference of courts, doctors or psychiatrists. The government also introduced a law banning cosmetic surgery on intersex babies.
Reparative conversion therapy for gay and lesbian people was outlawed. And the government adopted civil unions, including for same-sex couples, as well as adoption by same-sex couples. I decided to visit the island and ask around.
I met with human rights defenders, Catholic parents of lesbian and gay children, government officials, the archbishop, the prime minister and foreign diplomats. I asked them their take on the recent legal changes. The Maltese Gay Rights Movement MGRMa voluntary organization, has been working to promote equal rights and ban discrimination for a very long time, unseen by the rest of the world.
In the beginning, Maltese LGBT activists were considered outcasts, but eventually their message started to resonate with the general society. Malta slowly changed its perspective from an inward-looking island to a country with a broader perspective. But the real game changer was the divorce referendum.
It was the first time that the people distanced themselves from the church and the political elite. Soon people came to realize that legalizing divorce did not lead to disaster, the end of family life, or the Maltese identity, as some had predicted.
In the Labour Party won the general elections. Prime-minister Joseph Muscat showed the political will to adopt a progressive human rights agenda for LGBTI people that activists were advocating.
Even the Roman Catholic Church had learned from the unexpected outcome of the divorce referendum. In Archbishop Charles Scicluna publicly supported the same-sex civil union legislation, acknowledging that it reinforced the dignity of same-sex couples and their relationships.
When I met with him on June 9 he said the church had treated gays and lesbians badly in the past and that he felt the church should apologize to them. He feels that the church needs to welcome everyone, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and support them in their dignity.
Although he remains opposed to marriage equality — he regards marriage as a procreative bond between a man and a woman — he said he would not campaign against the marriage equality bill that the government has pledged to introduce.
Prime Minister Muscat invited me to his office. A few days before, he had been re-elected for a new five-year term. The proposed marriage equality bill, he proudly announced, would be the first new bill introduced in parliament under his second government.
He expects the bill to pass easily, based on the pledges made by all political parties to support marriage equality during the election campaign — making Malta the 23rd country in the world to embrace marriage equality.
He did not want to offer a revision of the ban on abortion. As Malta continues to grow more outward-looking and forward-thinking, and continues its integration into Europe, the government should view its progressive stance on LGBTI legislation as an example of best practice, learn from it, and extend the inspiring progress on LGBTI issues to other human rights topics, including other sexual and reproductive rights.The National Longitudinal Lesbian Study upon which Dr.
Barry Siegel of the American Academy of Pediatrics bases his endorsement of gay families raising children was created and conducted by noted lesbian Nanette Gantrell who has been in a gay marriage . The Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients provides psychologists with (1) a frame of reference for the treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients 1 and (2) basic information and further references in the areas of assessment, intervention, identity, relationships, diversity, education, training, and research.
Andrew Walker and I recently co-authored a resolution on marriage to be considered by our denomination’s annual meeting.
I am happy to report that the messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Columbus, Ohio just approved that .
attheheels.com is a non-profit ministry started in that conducts dynamic I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist seminars on college campuses, churches, and high schools. 1 day ago · Fact sheet overview of lesbian and gay parenting, adoption, and foster carethe last decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of lesbians and gay men forming their own families through adoption.
Granting a lesbian woman adoption rights over another lesbian’s birth child in no way provides more emotional security for a child. In fact the evidence tends to go the other way. Children of same sex couples are generally less emotionally secure according .