ARTICLE PARENT24 – IN HONOUR OF LGBT PRIDE MONTH – A MIXED RACE GAY COUPLE’S ADOPTION STORY
With a constitution that is lauded as one of the best in the world, and a globally progressive LGBT rights legislation that has steadily evolved in its inclusivity over the past thirty years, South Africa has come a long way in its effort to embrace same-sex and/or mixed-race couples, overcoming centuries of racism, prejudice and discrimination.
Nevertheless, our young democracy has a long way to go before diverse, modern families are seen as the “new normal” – a stilted progression, compounded by newly proposed adoption legislation, that is impacting South Africa’s adoption rates.
Joburg-based parents Darren and Emanuel Kelly-Loulié first entered the adoption market in 2011, ten years after same-sex partners were legally allowed the same adoption rights as married spouses. Legality aside, the mixed-race couple were hard-pressed to find an adoption agency that would take their case. Read more here.