Law silent on adoption of boys by gay singles

Judge says it may be time to address issue of parenting and a person's sexual orientation

In rejecting a gay man's application to adopt a boy, a judge pointed out that while the Adoption Act protects girls from potential sexual abuse in the hands of single male adopters, it is silent on boys being adopted.

In flagging the issue, District Judge Shobha G. Nair said: "Would we not need to be concerned about male children in the care of single male applicants with a different sexual orientation?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Law silent on adoption of boys by gay singles'. Subscribe