The Czech Constitutional Court has overturned a law which banned individual gays and lesbians living in a registered partnership from adopting children.

In its ruling on Tuesday, the country's highest legal authority said that such a ban is discriminatory because individual gays and lesbians who don't live in the official partnership were allowed to do so.

However, the ruling still does not allow lesbian and gay pairs to adopt children as a couple.

In 2006, Parliament approved a law allowing same-sex partners to live in an officially registered partnership and have rights to inheritance and health care similar to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. The law, however, does not allow same-sex partners to marry.