May 24, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Colombian government has lost a battle in the country’s ultraliberal Constitutional Court to protect two Colombian children from adoption by an American homosexual activist.
The Court has granted custody of two boys, ages 11 and 13 to Chandler Burr, a former perfume critic for the New York Times who is famous for promoting the claim that homosexuality is an inborn trait, an idea contradicted by numerous studies and regarded as unproven by many researchers.
Colombia’s General Procurator has declared its intention to ask for a nullification of the ruling, on the grounds that it violates the fundamental rights of children, and ignores the Constitutional principle that a family can only be based on a union between a man and a woman, according to local news reports.
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Burr’s s attempt to adopt the two Colombian children ran into trouble when authorities discovered his homosexuality, which was not revealed to them during the adoption process.
Although the government argued that Burr’s lifestyle was not sufficiently well documented to determine its appropriateness for the two children, the court disagreed, claiming that the children would be harmed psychologically if they were removed from Burr’s custody.
Burr, however, admits that the children developed an attachment to the “substitute family” that had custody of them during the dispute, stating that the older of the two boys now felt “connected” to his former foster mother. Temporary custody was transferred to Burr in December of last year, and the children were separated from the family.
The court also claimed that the Family Defender “did not have evidence that there existed any threat against the rights of children,” and that the agency overseeing adoptions “concluded that the children were in good physical health and appeared to be cared for” under Burr’s custody, which had occurred during a probationary period preceding the final adoption.
The Constitutional Court, which in recent years has also imposed abortion on the Colombia in rape and incest cases, and has recently ruled that homosexual couples constitute a “family,” is also expected to rule soon on a case in which a Colombian lesbian is seeking to adopt her four-year old partner’s daughter.