Switzerland’s Stepchild Adoption Reform Approved in Upper House

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This week, the Swiss Council of States voted 25-14 to approve a law that would allow a person to adopt their partner’s child regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. The Council agreed that a couple living together for three years is sufficient.

The proposal also brings down the minimum applicant age from 35 to 28 years old.

The previous Swiss president, Simonetta Sommaruga, who drafted the government stepchild adoption bill, stressed that a child needs parents. Defending her proposal, she said that some children will grow up in same-sex households so it’s best to recognize them legally.

The stepchild adoption reform now moves to the 200-seat National Council.

-Special thanks to Robin for his help.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Switzerland, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Switzerland

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