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DUTCH PANEL WOULD EXTEND RIGHTS OF HOMOSEXUALS

A Dutch parliamentary committee, breaking new political ground, gave its support today to same-sex marriage and child adoption by gay couples.

The recommendations could become law as soon as early next year.

"The majority of the committee believes that same sex-couples can only be afforded equal treatment if they are allowed to enter into civil marriage," the committee said.

Sweden and Norway already recognize homosexual and lesbian partnerships in terms of property ownership, taxation, pensions, social benefits, inheritance and divorce but rule out adoption.

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