Couple claim magistrate stalled adoption because they’re gay

2012-09-01 09:37

A couple have turned to the High Court in Pretoria after their efforts to adopt a child they have been fostering were stalled by authorities, apparently because they are gay.

The men have been caring for a four-year-old boy, whose biological parents were homeless alcoholics, since 2010.

The couple claim that a magistrate of Meyerton Children’s Court raised doubts about their fitness to adopt children because of their sexuality, the Saturday Star reported.

The magistrate asked whether the child “would become gay” under their care and wanted to know what the child would call the men as parents before he granted the adoption.

He also wanted an expert testimony on the possible consequences for the coloured child if he were adopted by a white gay couple.

“It is obvious that the presiding officer has a problem with the fact that we are gay and wish to adopt a boy child who happens to be coloured,” one of the men said.

A lawyer acting for the child drew up a report saying there was no indication that the couple would not be good parents and that a social worker could monitor the child.

Judge Bill Prinsloo ordered the Children’s Court to take this report into account when considering the adoption.

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