T Petitioner: OHCS 20 Aug 1996

A homosexual sought an adoption order. He intended to raise the child with his male partner. The relationship was readily described as constituting a family. But as for an heterosexual couple the existence of children was not a necessary factor for entitling the couple to qualify as a family. The couple would qualify by themselves, just as they would continue to do after the adopted child had grown up and started an independent life. There was no principle against an adoption by a male homosexual to be brought up by a male couple.


Times 20-Aug-1996, 1997 SLT 724


Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978

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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, Scotland

Updated: 10 April 2022; Ref: scu.89685