Amicus Brief

Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Couples in Colombia: Amicus Brief

August 2014

The Constitutional Court of Colombia addresses whether it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

Amicus Brief

Petitioners asked the Court to decide whether the constitution requires Colombia to allow same-sex couples to jointly adopt children and to allow LGB individuals to adopt a same-sex partner’s child through second parent adoption.

Same-sex couples and LGB individuals in Colombia would gain adoption rights if the Court were to decide that barring joint and second-parent adoptions violates the Colombian Constitution.

This brief presents research on LGB parenting. The research shows that LGB people become parents in a variety of ways and that LGB parents are similar to non-LGB parents in terms of mental health, parenting stress, and parenting competence. Children of LGB parents are also similar to the children of non-LGB parents in terms of quality of self-esteem, quality of life, psychological adjustment, social functioning, and the relationship between the child and his or her parents. The lack of legal recognition of the second parent in a same-sex relationship may threaten the parent-child relationship after the dissolution of the parent’s relationship.

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Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Couples in Colombia: Amicus Brief