In Re W (A Minor) (Adoption: Homosexual Adopter): FD 21 May 1997

There is no rule of law against adoption of a child by a single person living within a homosexual relationship. The court must always look to the best interests of the child in question. The court recognised the couple as constituting a family: ‘The family in question comprises two women living together in lesbian relationship.’


Singer J


Times 21-May-1997, Gazette 18-Jun-1997, [1998] Fam 58


England and Wales

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CitedFitzpatrick v Sterling Housing Association Ltd HL 28-Oct-1999
Same Sex Paartner to Inherit as Family Member
The claimant had lived with the original tenant in a stable and long standing homosexual relationship at the deceased’s flat. After the tenant’s death he sought a statutory tenancy as a spouse of the deceased. The Act had been extended to include as . .
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Adoption, Human Rights

Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.82264