Published: 23 Jul 09 11:32 CET
German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries on Thursday backed changing the law to allow gay couples adopt children.
Speaking to Deutschlandfunk radio, Zypries said adoption law needed to reflect the reality of the modern German family. She cited a new study showing children raised by gay parents resembled those belonging to heterosexual couples.
“Where kids are loved they grow up fine and protected and have the necessary self-confidence to get by in the world,” Zypries said, adding there was no difference if the parents were two men or two women.
She also pointed out the fact that individuals can already adopt children who are then raised by the individual and a same-sex partner. Changing the law would ensure both parents have legal rights as parents, Zypries told Deutschlandfunk. She said this would ensure that a child remained with its mother or father if something happened to the sole legal guardian.
There are currently an estimated 2,200 children in Germany being raised by gay couples.