But the move has its critics among the Deluded Herd, as you can imagine.
Same-sex couples are now to be given the right to adopt children as a couple, as opposed to how it has been up to now: that one partner can be the official adoptive parent, while the other has no legal status in relation to the child or children.
Given that Scotland has the same civil partnerships as England and Wales, what has the legislature been waiting for?
The move has its critics, of course. No prizes for guessing who in particular. Scotland’s Herald newspaper, linked to above, goes on:
However, the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 legislation has been criticised by the Catholic Church.
Peter Kearney, a spokesman for the Church in Scotland, said yesterday that the Catholic Church had opposed the reform because it was not in the best interests of children.
“Children need security and stability and civil partnerships and same[-]sex relationships are profoundly unstable,” he said.
“This change is unlikely to have an effect on the shortage of adoptive parents because there are very few same[-]sex couples interested in adoption.
“It would have been better if the Government had launched a campaign to encourage heterosexual married couples to consider adopting.”
What does this prat mean by “very few”? That perhaps couples have been put off by the restrictions hitherto, because they haven’t been able to adopt as couples? Well, there were 80 adoptions in England and Wales last year. That’s at least 80 kids – possibly more – taken out of care homes and given to potentially loving couples.
And a spokesperson for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering is quoted as saying, “The Act has increased the number of potential parents ready to provide a new home for a child who cannot grow up with their own family.”
So stuff that up your cassock, Mr God Botherer.