Italian High Court Eases Gay Adoption Restrictions

     ROME (AP) — Italy’s highest court has made it easier for gays to adopt a partner’s biological child but the decision does not give long-sought automatic recognition to the families of same-sex couples.
     A Cassation Court ruling on Wednesday confirmed a lower-court decision permitting the so-called “step-child” adoption in cases where the family bond is well-established. The gay rights group Famiglie Arcobaleno (Rainbow Families) called the decision a step forward but said it falls short of its goal of having immediate recognition at birth of both parents in same-sex unions.
     Italy earlier this year became the last holdout in Western Europe to legally recognize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, but only after sacrificing a hotly contested provision to allow gay adoption.
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