France's highest civil court -- the Court of Cassation -- has ruled that married lesbian couples may now adopt their partner's child born abroad through in vitro fertilization or other medically-assisted reproduction even though it is banned in the country, the Euro News website reports today (September 24, 2014).
France only permits assisted reproduction for heterosexual couples who have been together at least two years. The restriction has forced many homosexual couples to access fertility treatment abroad.
Upon return to France, French law recognizes only the birth mother as the legal parent.
Today's court decision comes after the legalization of gay marriage in France last year, which sparked huge protests across the predominantly Roman Catholic country.