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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chief Minister's arguments come tumbling down

Equality Rights Group GGR has today welcomed a ruling this Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights confirming that excluding prospective same-sex adoptive parents from equal consideration is a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights.

“Family is not the exclusive monopoly of any sexual orientation category. It forms part of every human being’s desire for belonging and caring. This ruling from the highest Human Rights court in Europe emphasises that sexual orientation cannot be the basis for denying access to adoption anywhere within Europe. This includes Gibraltar.

“In adoption, the central concern must be the child, and the provision of a stable, loving family environment for him or her. This cannot be determined on sexual orientation grounds alone.

“The empty “traditional family values” argument that Mr Caruana is trying to use to boost his failing electoral support, lacks logical, judicial and moral support throughout Europe and in international law. The Chief Minister’s attempt to monopolise the Family for his own ends has just come tumbling down.

“GGR has but one message for Mr Caruana and his fundamentalist friends: gay people exist – get used to it! There is no room for the inhuman politics of narrow-mindedness, exclusion and extremism in a modern Europe,” the statement ended.