Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy's Supreme Court says gays can have custody of children

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Rome, January 11 - Italy's supreme Court of
Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people
cannot have custody of children.
The Cassation, whose decisions set precedents, gave the
ruling in rejecting a challenge from a man against another
court's decision to give exclusive custody of a child to his
former partner.
His challenge was based on the fact that his ex-partner had
gone to live with a female social worker who helped the woman
get off drugs at a rehabilitation centre.
The man, a migrant living in Brescia of Muslim faith,
argued that it was damaging for the child to grow up in a gay
environment.
The Cassation said the challenge was not based on
"scientific certainty or data from experience", but on "the mere
prejudice that growing up with gay parents damages the balanced
development of the child, taking for granted what has yet to be
proven: that such family environments are damaging".
Gay rights groups hailed the ruling as a major breakthrough
and some said it had implications for the issue of whether gay
couples should be allowed to adopt children.
Some centre-right politicians criticising the decision as
"dangerous", saying the court had overstepped the mark with the
reasons given for its decision, arguing that such considerations
are the prerogative of parliament.

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