Same-Sex Couples To Be Barred From Adopting Children In Panama

Global LGBTQ+ activists are urging the Panamanian president to veto part of a new law that would exclude same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children in Panama.

According to the language of Panama’s Bill 120, its aim is to reform adoption laws in the Central American Country “to protect children from unnecessary separation from their biological parents.”

The bill says only single persons or married couples, specifically comprised of “different-sex” partners, will be permitted to adopt children in Panama.

The country’s National Assembly passed the legislation on March 3rd, 2021. The bill is now heading to President Laurentino Cortizo’s desk to be signed into law.

The Human Rights Watch said if President Cortizo doesn’t veto articles 22 and 26 of the bill, it would “violate international human rights standards on non-discrimination, respect for private and family life, and the rights of the child, and perpetuate prejudices about lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people.”

More than a dozen Central and South American countries allow same-sex married couples to adopt children, including Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, and Uraguay. 

Currently, different-sex married couples and single people, including single LGBTQ+ people, can also adopt in more than a dozen Central and South American countries, including Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Honduras. However, many of those same countries have banned adoptions by same-sex couples who are married.

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, she started her American adventure nannying in Texas in 2006, and continued nannying, waiting tables, and teaching swimming while studying at a community college in southern California. Brit graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a BA in Biological Anthropology, and moved east to Massachusetts where she currently lives with her husband and their dogs Cosmo and Juno. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.



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