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This gay couple have become the first to adopt a child in Germany

This gay couple have become the first to adopt a child in Germany

Michael and Kai Korok marry, and become first in Germany to adopt a child

Two men in Berlin have become the first same-sex couple in Germany to adopt a child.

Michael and Kai Korok married a day after same-sex marriage became legal on 1 October.

And now, they have officially adopted two-year-old Maximilian.

They became foster parents to the baby boy since his birth, and applied to officially adopt him after getting married.

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Bodo Mende and Karl Kreile Christopher Schreiber/LSVD

Berlin Kreuzberg district court approved their application today (10 October), according to the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany).

‘It is a wonderful feeling to be jointly registered as parents,” said Michael Korok.

 

On 30 June, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed her party to vote with their conscience for same-sex marriage.

393 politicians voted for marriage equality, while 266 voted against.

As a result, the reform gives same-sex couples full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children.

At the time, Markus Ulrich from the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany told Gay Star News: ‘We are feeling really emotional.’

‘Especially for people who have fought for 25 years for this moment. It’s quite amazing. It’s super exciting.

He added: ‘We’re really thankful.’