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A gay man in Singapore can now legally adopt the child he conceived through in vitro fertilization thanks to a landmark ruling. After the surrogate mother, an American citizen, gave up parental rights, the father returned with the child to Singapore. In Singapore, children born outside of a marriage are deemed illegitimate and must be adopted in order to obtain full citizenship. Same-sex marriage is not legal in the city-state and neither is sex between men, which can result in a two-year prison sentence.
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A district judge has rejected his bid to adopt the child — now four years old — whom he brought back with him to Singapore. The Singaporean man, a doctor, has been in a gay relationship with a partner here for 13 years. They approached the Ministry of Social and Family Development to inquire about the possibility of adopting a child, but were told that the ministry was unlikely to recommend adoption of children by a homosexual couple. The man then travelled to the US where his sperm was used to impregnate the egg of an anonymous donor, using in-vitro fertilisation IVF procedures. Related: 4 things you should know about IVF.
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Singapore's high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost a year after his initial bid was rejected. The decision overturns a ruling in which a court said the man could not adopt the boy because he was born by a surrogate in the United States through in-vitro fertilisation - a procedure not available to unmarried couples in Singapore. The ruling also comes amid a renewed public push to review Singapore's colonial-era law under which sex between consenting males carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail, after a repeal of a similar law in India this year. The district court which initially rejected the application in December said that the man had attempted to walk "through the back door of the system when the front door was firmly shut". I agree to receive emails from News18 I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
Single gay men can adopt in all 50 states, but some states go further than others to protect the LGBTQ community's adoption rights. Single parent adoption by gay men is legal in all 50 states of America and Washington, DC. Many states go further in protecting their LGBTQ community and have created laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, seven states allow state-licensed child welfare agencies to refuse services to the LGBT parents and parents-to-be if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.