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Gay Adoption

Good Enough to Parent but Not to Marry

Cynthia Godsoe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cynthia Godsoe

Many opponents of same-sex marriage argue that children are harmed by being raised by lesbians or gay men. Not only do the data clearly refute this claim, but if those making the argument genuinely believed it, why would they endorse adoption by these parents they consider harmful?

Could John McCain Be Changing His Mind On Gay Marriage?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Cindy McCain has been on a roll recently. Not only was she the recipient of The Trevor Project's prestigious Trevor Hero Award this past weekend at Tr...

The Arsenal Is Empty

Jason Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Howe

Any Supreme Court victory for backers of Prop 8 and DOMA will be a Pyrrhic one. One by one, their arguments have been exposed as falsehoods and have no power as American society moves toward full acceptance of LGBT rights. Their arsenal is empty.

Two Blessings on Father's Day

Juan del Hierro | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan del Hierro

This will be a very special Father's Day. It will be my first Father's Day since my husband and I adopted our baby boy Lucas. It will also be the first Father's Day in many years that I will get to celebrate in person with my own father, who's been living in Ecuador for many years.

Feeling Proud, Showing Love

Steve Majors | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Majors

Being a parent who is LGBT has pushed all my identities out of the closet. If I want my kids to be proud of their family -- two dads, one Catholic, one Jewish, both gay -- then I realized I had to rid myself of any shame or embarrassment I felt about my own family.

Gay Parents in Red States: Not an Oxymoron

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Abbie E. Goldberg

Many of the states with the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children are those with the most anti-gay laws. Thus, lesbian and gay parents living in these areas encounter legal obstacles in building and protecting their families, which contributes to a sense of legal vulnerability.

WATCH: Christian Radio Host Makes Outrageous Comment About Gay Adoption

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Conservative Christian radio host and Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Barber joined Mathew D. Staver for a segment of the Liberty Counsel Faith & Freedo...

Who Should We Stop From Adopting?

John M. Simmons | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact
John M. Simmons

You know, we used to tell children to "grow up." I'm not sure that's good advice any more. If my children need to pick a side where adults argue at the expense of children, as a requirement of growing up, then I hope mine never do.

Child Abduction and the Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Mark Baer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Let's say that a child is born to a same-sex married couple (or registered domestic partnership or civil union). What do you think happens if that same couple later moved to a jurisdiction that fails to recognize their relationship?

'A Family Is Where There Is Love'

Steve Majors | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Majors

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act is a federal bill to eliminate discrimination in foster care and adoption based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Two Dads and the Mom Who Changed Everything

Jon Summers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jon Summers

On Mother's Day, what do you get the 17 year-old mother of your child who you are just beginning to know?

Moms 2, Dad 0

Nadine C. Warner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nadine C. Warner

When our oldest son yelled these words across the family room to his younger brother, my partner Lori and I stopped in our tracks. Gabe had asked our youngest Olivia if she wanted "her daddy" and Nick had taken it upon himself to set him straight, so to speak.

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...

Who's Your Daddy?

Jon Summers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jon Summers

In the workplace, today's families navigate a process historically referred to as "maternity leave," a term that really doesn't apply to (a) adoptive families or (b) same-sex families where the couple happens to be male. Kyle and I brought both circumstances to the table.

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...

Paul Ryan Reverses Stance On Gay Adoption

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday during a town hall event in Janesville, Wis., that he has changed his position on gay couples adopting children, W...

WATCH: Two Soon-To-Be Gay Dads Discuss Their Journey To Fatherhood

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Josh and Matt first met outside of the musical "Hairspray." After a second chance meeting a few months later at a mutual friend's birthday party, they...

As France Prepares for Marriage Equality, Opponents Warn of Civil Strife

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

The French people strongly endorse same-sex marriage, and support for the right of married gay and lesbian couples to adopt children sits just shy of 50 percent. But the push for equality in France has an ugly underbelly. Seeks LGBT Applicants For Adoption-Assistance Grants

Cooper Smith Koch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cooper Smith Koch

Through Becky Fawcett gives out grants up to $15,000 to help families with the expenses associated with adopting children, and she wants more gays and lesbians to apply. "It drives me crazy that we don't get more LGBT grant applications," Becky wrote to me.

What SCOTUS Can Learn From Our Sleepless Nights

Jon Summers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jon Summers

People didn't ask us if we, as two men, were prepared to raise a child, and they didn't warn us about the importance of making sure our son has female influences (he does). They simply congratulated us and warned us to "kiss sleep goodbye." It's time for our laws to catch up with our culture.

My Family Is Not a 'Second-Best Option'

Adam Pertman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
Adam Pertman

I hadn't known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist Judy Woodruff, basketball great Magic Johnson and I all have something in common: Our families are inferior.

National Organization for Marriage: Adoption Is a "Second-Best" Option

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

John Eastman, chairman of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, shockingly and patronizingly denigrated adoption in an interview with the Associated Press, calling it the "second-best option" for families.

Anti-Gay Leader: Adoption 'Second-Best Option'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The leader of a prominent anti-gay organization called Supreme Court Chief John Roberts' decision to adopt children the "second-best option," the AP r...