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Gay couples 'could be given fertility treatment'

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11:29 CEST+02:00
A leading Socialist MP, currently drafting a new law to allow gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples, has suggested the government may legalize IVF for same-sex couples.

Bruno Le Roux, president of the Socialist Group in the National Assembly, indicated yesterday that an amendment to the law may be on the cards.

Until now, draft copies of the gay marriage bill leaked to the press have prescribed equal adoption rights for gay and straight couples, but no provision has been made to extend rights to IVF treatment to same-sex couples.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups consulted on the new law had criticised the government for not including this, something Justice Minister Christiane Taubira defended by saying President François Hollande never campaigned on giving gay couples equal IVF rights.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault suggested on Wednesday that the government may be prepared to tackle the issue of IVF treatment in a separate bill.

“The government is ready to work on a complementary law, which could be a law about family, and which would allow further debate on the subject,” Ayrault said.

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