Married or not, a couple is obliged to support each other and to share their life together. They are responsible for each other in good times and bad times. Some mothers or fathers find out they are gay quite late in life, even if they have been in heterosexual relationships for years. This is always a shock for their partner. Quite often, marriages break up if one partner decides to come out. Sometimes, a homosexual parent starts a new relationship and moves in with his or her new partner. The new partner will become a new caregiver to the children, so he or she should be involved in decisions regarding everyday issues (such as school, day-care, medical care). Obviously, some homosexual men and lesbian women may wish to have children, even if they’ve never been in a heterosexual relationship. However, in Switzerland, the federal law on the registration of partnerships for same-sex couples prevents them from adopting a child or using any other method of reproductive medicine. Also, it is not possible to adopt the partner’s children.
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„Regenbogenfamilien- ein Handbuch“
von Stephanie Gerlach, Querverlag, 2010.
„Und was sagen die Kinder dazu? Zehn Jahre später!“
by Uli Streib-Brzic and Stephanie Gerlach, Querverlag, 2015.