Same-sex couples in the Czech Republic can hope for extended adoption rights. The government agreed to a law giving couples in a civil partnership the right to adopt their step children.

‘It’s about securing that the other partner has a legal relationships with the child,’ the country’s Minister for Human Rights, Jiří Dienstbier, said.

Adopting their step child gives parents basic rights, such as picking their child up from kindergarden without writing consent from a biological parent.

The change would not grant same-sex couples a general right to adopt, no matter if they are in a registered partnership or not.

Introducing equal adoption rights has already been discussed in the former government, but after its collapse, the matter was shelved.

Until the law can pass, both chambers of the Czech government have to agree and vote in favor.

The Czech Republic introduced civil partnerships in 2016.

Although they have no blanket adoption rights, a gay couple successfully fought for the right to both be recognized as parents after adopting from abroad.

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