Turkey wants children adopted by foreign gay couples and Christian couples returned to the country. Turkish officials are campaigning to get adopted children living in homes which do not mesh Islamic values sent back home.
Children who were adopted by Christian and gay couples in European countries are a top priority in the ongoing effort, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Governmental officials are reportedly focused on Turkish children living with gay and lesbian couples first, The Blaze reports.
One of the highest profile cases revolves around a 9-year-old boy named Yunus. He was allegedly taken away from his parents when he was a baby after supposedly being dropped on the ground. The Turkish baby was then sent to live with a lesbian couple in the Netherlands.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told government representatives in foreign nations to get the process rolling for the return of Yunus to his family. The Parliament Human Rights Commission in Turkey has also reportedly been instructed to search for similar adoption placements which run afoul of Islamic law.
Turkish commission head Ayhan Sefer Ustun referred to raising a child in their own culture a “sacred right.” The government official had this to say about removing adopted children form gay couples and Christian couples:
“We don’t condemn that culture, but the child has been given to a foreign culture, to a lesbian family. Even if a child is taken from the family for the right reasons, he or she should be placed with a family closer to his or her culture.”
The adopted children from Turkey may be removed from their current homes using diplomatic channels. Turkish officials maintain that placements with gay couples and Christians couples could cause psychological damage and is a human rights violation.
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