Colombia Approves Adoption By U.S. Gay Man

The Colombian Constitutional Court has approved the adoption of two brothers by New York Times journalist Chandler Burr, who is gay. Burr had finalized the boys adoption, but when officials learned he was gay, they canceled his newly adopted sons’ emigration visas, preventing him from returning to the U.S. with his family. A prominent Colombian bishop and the country’s Inspector General argued that Burr had a “disorder” and would be a threat to the children. In 2010, over two-thirds of the children adopted in Colombia, where nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, were adopted by foreigners.