Gay man to adopt Colombian boys

A US citizen whose two newly adopted children were taken away after Colombian authorities learned he was gay, has been told that he will be allowed to adopt them after all, said news reports.

Colombia's Institute for Family Welfare, after reviewing the case, ruled that Chandler Burr's sexual orientation could not be used as grounds to nullify his adoption of the two boys, ages 10 and 13.

"I'm incredibly happy," Burr, a former journalist with the New York Times, told reporters.

Burr added that he hoped to be back in the United States with his sons by New Year's.

Burr finalised the adoption process for the two boys in March 2011 and was preparing to depart with them for the United States the following month when authorities here blocked his departure after he casually mentioned to adoption authorities that he is gay.

Officials launched what they said was a "rigorous" review of the circumstances of the adoption, finally issuing a ruling on 12 December 2011.

Legal experts noted a loophole in Colombia's law, saying that while it forbids gay couples from adopting, it says nothing about single gay men such as Burr.

(Sapa, December 2011)

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