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Gay Adoption

Giving Thanks for Family

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Gay 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.

Swiss Politician Compares Gay Adoption To Drug Use

Posted 11.22.2011 | Gay Voices

A leading Swiss politician has sparked an uproar among international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates by comparing gay adoption...

Illinois Catholic Charities Ends Adoption Lawsuit

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

While the end of Catholic Charities' adoption contract lawsuit is a victory for the equal application of the law and state services, the fight over civil rights and equality between LGBT Americans and powerful religious organizations is far from over.

Catholic Charities Abandons Thousands of Children Instead of Adopting to LGBT Parents

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Over and over again, the Catholic dioceses have made the conscious decision to abandon orphans and foster children rather than place them in loving, forever homes, based on nothing in their actual belief system.

Every Child Deserves a Family

Steve Majors | Posted 01.09.2012 | Gay 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.

New Report Shows Children Are the Real Victims of Anti-LGBT Laws and Stigma

Michael Cole-Schwartz | Posted 01.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Michael Cole-Schwartz

By limiting marriage to only one man and one woman for federal purposes, DOMA denies 1,138 rights, responsibilities and benefits to legally married same-sex couples and their children.

Every Child Deserves a Family

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 12.31.2011 | Gay 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 12.27.2011 | Gay 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...

Arin Greenwood

Virginia Board Skips Over Proposed Protection For Gay Adoption | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.26.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Virginia's Board of Social Services was scheduled to be briefed on the more than 2,500 public comments on proposed regulation...

Number Of Gay Couples Adopting Has Skyrocketed In Past Decade

AP | By KELLI KENNEDY | Posted 12.21.2011 | Gay Voices

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The number of gays and lesbians adopting children has nearly tripled in the past decade despite discriminatory rules in many ...

Queeries: When Friends Ask Bad Questions About Your Baby

Steven Petrow | Posted 12.20.2011 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

Nobody would ever ask a biological mom how much her out-of-pocket expenses were for a week of neonatal ICU for her preemie. But let anyone know you adopted or used a gestational surrogate or egg donor, and people feel entitled to ask the price tag.

The Real Modern Family

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 12.19.2011 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Even the LGBTQ community feels pressure to portray our families as "perfect," upper-class, mainstream, two-parent homes. It's time to be proud of the variety of familial structures that have existed forever and the new ones we are building.

Va. Board Reconsiders Anti-Discrimination Measure on Gay Adoptions

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.18.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 20,000 same-sex Virginia households would still be prohibited from adopting or fostering children under commonwealth law, even if...

Senator Introduces Bill Allowing Catholic Charities To Refuse Gay Adoptions

Posted 12.15.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) on Wednesday filed legislation that would amend the state's civil union law to allow Catholic Chariti...

In the Louisiana Adoption Case, It's the Child Who Suffers

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 12.14.2011 | Gay Voices
Kevin Cathcart

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a same-sex couple denied an accurate birth certificate listing both men as parents of the Louisiana-born child they adopted in New York.

Safe Schools for Our Kids

Steve Majors | Posted 11.27.2011 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

I thought my kids were ready for school. They were armed with ready answers about why they had two dads and what adoption means. But I was wrong. They were not ready. Perhaps more accurately, I was not ready.

Judge: State Can End Foster Contracts With Catholic Charities

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Catholic Charities has lost another round in the ongoing battle over adoption and foster care contracts being granted to same-sex couples in civil uni...

A Christian Applauds the End of Florida's Anti-Gay Adoption Law

Candy Olson | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Candy Olson

How could we deny children a loving home because of a parent's sexual orientation? I hope for a world where people like my former husband could be themselves and where good parenting is the only standard in deciding who can adopt.

With So Many Kids Who Need Families, Why Are We Rejecting Parents?

Adam Pertman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Parents
Adam Pertman

All a state can accomplish if it imposes restrictions on adoption by lesbians and gay men is to decrease the odds that children in its custody will ever receive the benefits of living in permanent, successful families.

Catholic Charities To Appeal Judge's Gay Adoption Decision

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

An attorney representing Catholic Charities in four Illinois church dioceses said Monday that he will appeal a judge's ruling against his client in a ...

Separating Church & State: When Faith-Based Orgs Trump Civil Rights

Waymon Hudson | Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

Every day LGBT people around the country are forced into hostile situations with religious organizations providing public services or worse turned away from getting these tax-payer funded services altogether.

Is Illinois 'At War' With Catholics? Some Church Leaders Think So

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

After an Illinois judge ruled last week that the state Department of Children and Family Services can legally sever their long-standing foster care an...

Our Other Credit Problem: States, Equality, and the Full Faith and Credit Clause

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The U.S. has had a lot of credit issues lately. But there's another "credit" debacle, one that is currently sitting on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court: a state's refusal to give constitutionally-required "full faith and credit" to valid adoptions by gay parents.

Joseph Erbentraut

Illinois' Foster Care, Adoption Dispute With Catholic Charities At Standstill | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

Though the state of Illinois's Department of Children and Family Services announced last week that it had suspended its foster care and adoption contr...

Illinois Must Keep Foster Contracts With Catholic Charities (For Now)

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois judge on Tuesday put Catholic Charities back in the business of finding foster and adoptive homes for children, ...