European Court of Human Rights looks into second parent adoption in same-sex family case
Yesterday, 3 October 2012, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights had a hearing in the case of X. and Others v. Austria (no. 19010/07). The case concerns the complaint by two women, who live in a stable same-sex relationship, about the Austrian courts’ refusal to grant one of the partners the right to adopt the son of the other partner without severing the mother’s legal ties with the child (second-parent adoption).
ILGA-Europe together with Federation International des ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), Network of European LGBT Families Associations (NELFA) and European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL) submitted an intervention during the hearing of the case. This intervention was delivered by Dr Helmut Graupner.
At the same time a group of organisations which repeatedly opposed the human rights of LGBTI people also presented an intervention.
It is expected that the Court will deliver its judgment in this case in a few months’ time.