Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Germany have evolved significantly over the course of the last decades. During the s and early s, lesbian and gay people in Berlin were generally tolerated by society and many bars and clubs specifically pertaining to gay men were opened. The Nazi extensions were repealed in and same-sex sexual activity between men was decriminalized in both East and West Germany in and , respectively. The age of consent was equalized in East Germany in and in unified Germany in Same-sex marriage has been legal since 1 October , after the Bundestag passed legislation giving same-sex couples full marital and adoption rights on 30 June
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A Very Brief History of LGBTQ Parenting - Family Equality
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption.
Procedures for Gay Couples Looking to Adopt
On March 31, , a Federal District Court struck down Mississippi 's ban on same-sex couples from adoption. Previously several other states had similar bans however Mississippi's was the last to be overruled. Prior to these rulings, adoption laws varied widely by state.
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights.