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Belgium to allow adoption by same sex couples

in BELGIUM, 28/11/2005

Opening the right of adoption to same sex couples in Belgium. Only absolute equality is equality.

While on the 1st December, the members of the Belgian Federal Parliament will be called to vote on the proposed law to allow adoption by same sex couples, ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) would like to demonstrate its support to the local associations which are fighting for the recognition of this right. The publicity agency DDB Belgium worked on a television spot to publicise the campaign. It will be shown on several Belgian channels (RTBF, VT4, VijfTV) before forming part of an international campaign.

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The spot will also be available on the ILGA website, www.ilga.org, as well as sent by e-mail to nearly 30,000 contacts and forwarded to the 400 member groups of ILGA throughout the world. Please pass it around.

If the right of adoption seems to be one of the last battles for the lesbian and gay associations, it is by no means the least significant. Only absolute equality is equality and to be able to establish a legal bond between parents and children is a fundamental right. These families should not suffer from inequality.

This last step towards a more just and secular society should not let us forget that to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is illegal in 80 countries of the world, and that homosexuality is still punishable by death in 9 countries.

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