New laws raise hopes for more adoptions in Isle of Man
- 15 April 2011
- From the section Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin
The Manx organisation in charge of adoption said it is hoping for more eligible parents to come forward following a change in the law.
New legislation introduced on 6 April gives same-sex and unmarried couples the same rights to adopt children.
The Isle of Man Adoption Service said it welcomed the idea of gay adoption.
A gay rights group in the Isle of Man said up to 50 couples would now consider adopting.
The changes were made as an amendment to The Civil Partnership Act 2011 which also allows "gay marriages."
Lee Clarke, of the Isle of Man Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual charity - which represents the island's gay and lesbian community - said the change in adoption law was "one of the things we were hoping for".
He said: "We have had people on the island for 20 years who have lobbied for this.
"They wanted the same rights as anybody else on the Isle of Man."
Mr Clarke said that a same-sex couple who have been engaged for 20 years were hoping become the first on the island to adopt a child.