Record-breaking 1 in 7 UK adoptions made by same-sex couples

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Sally Hayden writes a the Independent:

More gay couples and fewer heterosexual couples are applying to adopt children in Britain, new figures show.

Last year, one in seven adoption orders was made by a gay couple.

Wilsons, a private law firm that analysed the figures, noted that the number of gay couples applying for adoption increased from 510 in 2013-2014 to 586 last year. Sarah Wood-Heath, an associate lawyer at Wilsons, said: “The door has really opened now for all kinds of individuals to start their own family.

“Same-sex adoptions are at a record high, and it may be that the legalisation of gay marriage in 2013 has been a catalyst for more same sex couples to adopt.”

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