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NI Health Minister finally lifts ban on unmarried couples being able to adopt

As has been reported on in previous editions of the Update, in June 2013 the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Health Minister. This appeal was against a decision of the High Court which held a ban on unmarried couples from being considered as adoptive parents was discriminatory and contrary to human rights.

The Health Minister sought to appeal to the United Kingdom Supreme Court, however leave to appeal was refused by the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
InDecember 2013– after the appeals process was exhausted – the Department of Health formally changed the policy on adoption.

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