October 31, 2022
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Important LGBT parenting dates
⟶ Updated 17 Nov 2017 ⟶
List of edits
Government lifts the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the Armed Forces.
Equal rights are granted to same-sex couples applying for adoption.
Age of consent for gay/bi men is lowered to 16.
Repeal of Section 28.
A new law comes into force protecting LGBT people from discrimination at work.
Civil Partnership Act is passed.
The Criminal Justice Act gives courts power to give tougher sentences for homophobic crimes.
The Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act is passed.
The Adoption and Children Act 2002 comes into force allowing unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to apply for joint adoption.
Law changes in Scotland give same-sex couples equality in adoption and fostering.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 recognises same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
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