Gay men hope to become the first same-sex adopters in Germany

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Michael and Kai Korok, who live in Berlin, were told by authorities today that their adoption has been approved, the Lesbian and Gay Association, so the boy they have been fostering for several years can become their son legally as they married. The two officially registered their marriage recently, just when marriage equality was legally approved in their country. The couple, who live in Berlin, had previously planned to challenge the legal hurdles in their way, but in June they were cleared. Previously, same-sex couples could not get married but instead only enter into civil unions that did not give them a right to adopt. The election saw Germany’s far-right anti-gay party win seats in the country’s Parliament for the first time in more than half a century. Merkel will remain in office for a fourth term. The Greens, Linke, and Free Democrats all vocally backed same-sex marriage and said they would not have entered into a coalition government unless the law was changed.

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