The processing of a new law in the National Congress prohibiting adoption by homosexual couples is making headlines in Brazil this week, and as much as I try to steer away from politics on the blog, I could not let this issue pass by unnoticed.
The Brazilian legislation currently does not refer to sexuality in the adoption process, and each adoption case is judged separately in a Court of Law. This new law aims to legally prohibit adoption by homosexual couples by stating that homosexual couples are not able to constitute a family, and that a child adopted by two homosexual parents is subject to embarrassment and harassment growing up.
In a country with over 5,200 children in its adoption database, not only do I find it offensive that the National Congress would consider a homosexual couple unfit to raise a child, but I also consider it a threat against human rights in general, and more specifically against the national statutes for children and adolescents (which you can read in full here). According to those statutes, a couple is legally allowed to adopt a child in this country as long as they are legally married or bound by a civil union.
With so many children in this country in need of a home, education, and loving parents, is is disheartening to think that some people are trying to make the adoption process even more complicated and to lowerthe chances of those children to find a family.
I will make sure to keep you updated on the proceedings of this new law, and use the space I have here on the blog to fight it as much as I can.
Fyi, in April of this year a lesbian couple was given joint custody of two children in Rio Grande do Sul.