Same-sex adoption not so easy in France
A French court recently granted a lesbian woman the right to adopt a child, after ten years and many appeals. While the decision was hailed as a victory by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered groups, it did not change the fact that gay couples - or unmarried couples - do not have the right to adopt in France.
Many do so anyway by adopting as single parents and raising the children together. This first part of a two-part series on same-sex parenting in France looks at adoption and the issues faced by the parents and children in these non-traditional families.
Thousands of children in France are being raised by gay couples, though it is difficult to pin down an exact number: estimates range from 200,000 to 15,000 kids. While many of them are adopted, most children of homosexual couples are conceived through artificial insemination or surrogate mothers, both of which are not entirely legal in France. In this second of a two-part series on same-sex parenting in France, we explore families that are formed by pushing the boundaries of bioethics laws.