Hungarian Ombuds finds rejection of lesbian woman’s application to adopt unlawful

A report by the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights has found that the decision of Hungarian authorities to reject the adoption application of a same-sex couple amounted to unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation. The two women’s application to adopt a 16-month-old Roma girl was rejected on the grounds that it would infringe upon the child’s right to protection and care.

Hungary introduced recognition for same-sex couples in 1996 in the form of cohabitation, and since then has granted many rights that are available to heterosexual couples. Notable exceptions are parenting right’s such as access to assisted reproduction, second parent adoption, and joint adoption.