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Do Both Parties In A Lesbian Marriage Have Equal Rights?

According to the Uppsala health authority, only one woman in a lesbian couple has the right to insemination. After three attempts to get pregnant by insemination, one woman in a lesbian relationship become ineligible for further attempts since she passed the maximum age stipulated by the Uppsala health authority. Her younger party then decided she would try to become pregnant in her place, but this request was denied y the Uppsala University Hospital. In their view, “As we see it we have treated them as a couple. Should you have double the number of opportunities to get pregnant just because you are a lesbian couple?”

The Ombudsman Against Discrimination responded to the question by supporting the right of a lesbian couple to each have opportunities to become pregnant and dismissed the claim by the hospital to only provide treatment of one individual as discrimination.

Chilean Supreme Court Rules Against Lesbian Teacher

The Supreme Court of Chile ruled against a lesbian’s right to teach Catholic religion based classes in the school system. A 1983 Education Ministry decreee requires all relligon teachers to possess an aptitutde certificate issued by a religious authority. Sandra Parvez, who has taught religious classes for over 20 years, lost her fight to continue teaching Catholic religious classes after it was discovered that she was a lesbian. Chile’s Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation(MOVILH) denounced the decision “as one of the most violent ever made against a person’s dignity.” it regards the issue as to whether the Catholic Church has the right to decide who teaches classes in Chilean public schools.

Several Chilean legislators complained the Supreme Court was interfering in the right of secular institutions to make decisions without regard to what is thought or believed by the Catholic Church. MOVILH also pointed out single mothers and cohabiting partners are also being prevented from obtaining the certificate issued by the church.

Perhaps, it is time for Chile to take a different road and simply halt the teaching of religion in public schools.

Denmark Expands Gay Adoption Rights

New legislation that shortly will pass the Danish legislature will allow gay couples equal rights in being able to adopt children from other nations. Homosexuals who are registered as being a legal partnership already are allowed to adopt Danish children. Recent legislation now enables lesbians equal rights when it comes to issues of artificial insemination. There had been strong opposition to changes in adoption of foreign children due to fear it might lead these countries to take Denmark off the approved adoption list. However, Sweden passed similar laws in 2003 that empowered gays to adopt foreign children and it has not led to any changes in children being adopted.

The essence of adoption is providing children a decent family life. If gays or lesbians can provide such an environment then both the child and society benefit.