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A Journal on Forensic Medicine




Minerva Medicolegale 2008 June;128(2):57-68

language: Italian

Homosexual paternity according to culture, society, religion, science, law and legal medicine. Part II: the problem of adoptions

Massimelli M., Iorio M.

Dipartimento di Anatomia, Farmacologia e Medicina Legale Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italia


This second paper on the subject of homosexual paternity addresses the problem of adoptions. The Italian, European and extra-European legislative situations are outlined and reference is made to the requisites of the future adoptee or adoptees, and to the distinction between national and international, ordinary, open and remote adoption. The debate that has recently begun at the European Court of Human Rights is then presented. The sociological, religious, medical and psychological positions are outlined. Finally the position of the legal physician is examined and his greater involvement in the technical team which by law has to address the evaluation of the suitability of the future adoptees and the adoptability of the person or persons concerned is recommended.

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