Danish couple Rasmus Holm and Thomas Møller Lassen have adopted a nine-month-old South African girl, making them the first same-sex couple in Denmark to legally adopt a child from another country.
Same-sex couples have been allowed to adopt as couples since 2010 in Denmark. However few countries allow overseas adoptions by same-sex couples so it is not until now that the first overseas adoption by a Danish gay couple has occurred.
Holm and Lassen plan to raise their daughter Le in the port city of Aarhus in eastern Jutland and recently returned with her from South Africa.
Søren Laursen, head of Denmark’s national LGBTI association, told Politiken he was pleasantly surprised by the news.
‘Previously we had resigned ourselves to the idea that it is virtually impossible for homosexuals to adopt [overseas],’ Laursen said.
‘This shows that we may have been wrong and gives us reason to consider the possibility with a bit more optimism.’
Denmark’s Equality Minister Manu Sareen said that he hoped more gay and lesbian couples will now be able to adopt children from overseas.
‘I hope that more couples are allowed to experience the great joy of being parents and to giving a child a good life,’ Sareen told Politiken.
Most adoptions by heterosexual parents in Denmark are of children from other countries.