Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples can only adopt “when the request is about the biological child of the partner.”
The ruling excludes gay adoption in other circumstances. The constitutional court announced the ruling on its Twitter page.
The case came to the court when a woman, in a lesbian relationship, conceived a child through IVF, and both women asked to become legal parents of the child.
The ruling allowed for the non-biological parent to adopt the child.
Muricio Albarracin, the director of Colombia Diversa, the nation's prominent LGBT rights organization, said in response to the ruling, “The court consolidated the right to adopt the biological son or daughter of the partner in all cases. However ... the court took one step forward but failed to take the other.”
Senator Armado Benedetti, who has supported the rights of the LGBT community, referred to the judges as “cowards” for not allowing gay adoption in circumstances where neither of the potential adopters is a biological parent.