House of Lords Reject Adoptions by Homosexuals

LONDON, OCT. 16, 2002 ( The British House of Lords rejected plans to allow homosexual and unmarried heterosexual couples to adopt children, BBC reported.

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Members of the lower House of Commons have already agreed to end the present system that allows only married couples and single people to adopt. But the Lords voted 196-162 to maintain the ban on unmarried couples, BBC said.

The bill will now return to the Commons, which is expected to overturn the move. Supporters say it’s needed because of the number of children who need homes, but opponents insist it is not right to expose youngsters to irregular situations.

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