Comparative Criminal Justice
The article I chose to summarize is entitled, “Columbia Court Keep Limits on Same Sex Adoption”. On Wednesday, Columbia’s constitutional court ruled to keep the current limits on same-sex adoption. The current limit states that the adoption by a same-sex couple is legal only if the child to be adopted is the offspring of one of the partners. This decision came almost two years after the Congress of the county voted against allowing gay marriages.
Discussions of whether to lift the current restrictions had dominated social media. The Colombian media said the ruling showed great wisdom, arguing that it took the middle road between allowing same-sex couples to freely adopt children and straight up banning same-sex adoption. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups expressed their disappointment saying the ruling did not go far enough. Other supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, such as Senator Armando Benedetti, call the judges cowards. The president of Colombia's Conference of Bishops, the Right Reverend Monsignor Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, said he would continue fighting for "the right of children to have a father and a mother". He said, "Two mums don't make a dad". The decision by the court does not prevent Congress from legislating on the issue in the future. In addition, the court suggested Congress should debate the "legislative vacuum" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples face in Colombia. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31532609