I was surprised by this report from the BBC today…
France chided over gay adoption The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that France discriminated against a lesbian nursery school teacher by refusing to let her adopt a child.
I was surprised that judicial bodies exist which are more liberal than those in France. My astonishment, I must admit, is borne out of an ignorance of French court rulings and procedures. I neither follow or know how French courts actually rule on any case. I assume that France is far to the left of the United States; as scary as that thought is. That assumption is a fair one.
By a 10 - 7 vote the European court ruled that the lesbian’s…
right to family life under the European Convention on Human Rights had been infringed
France was directed to pay damages - $14, 522 (10,000 Euros) and costs $21, 062 (14,528 euros). According to the BBC report, the European court…
criticised the French judiciary’s emphasis on “the lack of a paternal referent in the household”
Everyone knows that a father is not necessary for the healthy nurture and rearing of a child!
Seriously, I’m not sure what leaves me scratching my head the most.
- The fact that France can actually be conservative on some issues.
- The fact that France has abrogated its sovereignty to a European court system.
- The fact that this court finds the assertion that a “paternal referent”in a household is not necessary for the raising of children.
- The fact that the US economy is in the toilet. (That $ to euro exchange rate is awful!)