Why this story matters:
This might be the kind of statement one makes without really thinking of the consequences. On Monday, June 18, France Bleu Normandie, a French radio station, released an interview about discrimination against homosexual couples trying to adopt. Pascale Lemare, chief of the adoption service of Seine-Maritime, a department in Normandy, was interviewed about this particular subject. She explained that in the adoption system, "homosexual couples are not excluded but they are not a priority."
Basically, they can be parents if they are ready to adopt a child with "specific needs," which means a child with a health issue or an older child. Her statement shocked many people when she further explained that these children are the ones that no one wants in their home, the "broken" ones.
On June 20, according to French media outlets, Pascale Lamare was suspended.
This is how these children and future parents are considered in France. Yes, like "trash." Moreover, one of the justifications of the adoption service chief was to say it was possible to get "atypical" children since homosexual couples are "atypical" as well.
Welcome to France in 2018, the country of human rights.
Details from the story:
- Since 2013, homosexual couples have had the same rights as heterosexuals in adoption but, in actuality, homosexual couples still face discrimination.
- An adoption service chief from Seine Maritime in France has explained that homosexual couples are not prioritized in the adoption process.
- Moreover, she said they usually can be parents if they are willing to adopt a child "with specific needs". This means a child with health issues or an older child.
- She specifically added that these children are mostly "the ones no one wants".
- According to French media outlets, Pascale Lamare has been suspended.