monday, 10 april of 2017

Osaka first city in Japan to recognize same-sex couple foster parentes

The City of Osaka, Japan on Wednesday became the first city in the country to recognize same-sex couples as foster parents. The city government officially certified two men as foster parents of a teenage boy who has been under their care since February.

The couple first consulted the Osaka City child consultation center in the fall of 2015 about adopting the said teenager. Following that, they attended lectures, training, and reviews, as well as screenings by the city's social welfare panel and was certified to take charge of a child under 18 on December 22, 2016.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry commented that there was no precedent of this event before. Japan has no legal provision excluding same-sex couples from being foster parents.

Same-sex marriage continues to be a hotly debated issue, both in the US and abroad. Last December, a legislative committee in the Taiwan Parliament approved a bill that would amend the Taiwan Civil Code to allow same-sex marriage.

The Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee approved a change in the Code from "male and female parties" into "two parties," which would allow homosexual couples to be legally wed.

In September tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico in protest of same-sex marriage, a controversial topic in the country further exacerbated by a proposal from embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto to recognize same-sex marriage.

Last March 2015, a Tokyo district assembly became the first municipality in Japan to recognize same-sex partnerships.

(Published by Jurist - April 7, 2017)

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