Gay couples can adopt in North

Gay rights campaigners have welcomed a court ruling that paves the way for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland to adopt.

It comes after a legal challenge yesterday by Health Minister Edwin Poots was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The move brings Northern Ireland law into line with the rest of the UK, and means that couples who are not married, those in civil partnerships and same-sex couples will now be allowed to apply to be considered as adoptive parents.

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