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Every Child Deserves a Family Act

Michelangelo Signorile

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Says Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality 'Just the Beginning' | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“Our fight for LGBT equality is not nearly over,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) stated emphatically in an interview with me last week on Sir...

The Gay After Tomorrow

Frank Bua | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Frank Bua

Our movement is about more than just marriage. We need to push for immigration reform to protect same-sex binational couples, demand that Congress pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and move the Every Child Deserves a Family Act into law.

Open Hearts: LGBT Family Bringing Down Adoption Barriers

Kate Perino | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kate Perino

Martin Gill strongly believes that ECDF will be a solution for many foster kids who lack stability and permanence. Recently, he and his partner hosted a gift give-away for local teens in foster care who are living in group homes--many of whom have little chance of finding adoptive families. Martin said,

There's No Place Like Home

Emily Hecht-McGowan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Emily Hecht-McGowan

Limiting the ability of up to 2 million additional prospective parents to provide homes to waiting children does nothing to help kids in foster care. And if we actively recruited LGBT people nationwide to serve as foster and adoptive parents, we could possibly solve the foster care crisis.

Lila Shapiro

'If A Kid Doesn't Have A Family, It's Very Sad:' Lawmakers, Families, Push Gay Adoption Bill | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- Philip McAdoo and his partner Sean Cavenaugh talked about starting a family on their very first date, at a barbecue joint in New York Ci...

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Set To Be Reintroduced With Bipartisan Support | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill legalizing adoption and foster parenting by same-sex couples is set to be reintroduced on Tuesday, with supporters hopeful that m...

Family Values vs. Valuing Families

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Now, with the election behind us, it is time for us to stop focusing on the political rhetoric of family values and work towards laws and policies that truly value families -- especially those created through adoption.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Lesbian Couple Challenges Discriminatory Adoption Laws | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.23.2012 | Detroit

Two mothers filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday morning designed to protect their three children and many others in Michigan. Detroit-area lesbian ...

Giving Thanks for Family

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

My heart goes out to the more than 400,000 children who have no permanent family to call their own this Thanksgiving. Because of discriminatory state laws, many who want to be parents and also happen to be LGBT cannot open up their homes to these kids.

Every Child Deserves a Family

Steve Majors | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Majors

A patchwork of discriminatory state laws and policies are excluding qualified LGBT parents from the pool of foster and adoptive parents. Those policies are in effect denying homes to the 115,000 children who are eligible for adoption each year.

Every Child Deserves a Family

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

As more and more LGBT couples are getting married and starting families, we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes, either by adoption or foster care.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand To Introduce LGBT Adoption Bill In US Senate

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has announced that she will introduce the "Every Child Deserves a Family Act" (ECDF) in the U.S. Senate reports Fami...

Amanda Terkel

LGBT Adoption Bill Picks Up GOP Cosponsor | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has signed on as the first Republican supporter of a bill outlawing discrimination against same-sex...

Amanda Terkel

Same-Sex Adoption Bill Introduced | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As several states have moved to make it harder for same-sex families to adopt children or become foster parents, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Cali...