Osaka, Japan, has made a huge step forward for LGBT rights, by being the 1st Japanese city to recognize gay couples as foster parents. The city has formally recognized a gay couple — two men in their 40s and 30s — as foster parents. They have been fostering a teenage boy since February.
The men spoke with the Osaka city council in the fall of 2015 about becoming foster parents. They underwent the foster care screening and education and were formally recognized in December 2016 as being eligible for foster care parenting.
“I am happy we became foster parents (and recognized) as a single household, not just as individuals,” the older of the two men told Kyodo News, adding the boy is now “living a comfortable life.”
In the past, two women in a same-sex relationship were recognized individually as foster parents and then fostered a child together. However, this is the first time a gay couple has been recognized as foster parents together, despite the fact that there’s no formal law that prevents gay couples from being foster parents.
Currently, only a few Japanese wards allow for same-sex unions and only provide limited rights. But perhaps, Japan is finally moving in the right direction and love and family will prevail in the coming future.