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LGBT Activists, Let's Take Back 'Pro-Family'

Padraig McCoid | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Padraig McCoid

When same-sex couples are given the opportunity to raise a family, we see it as a privilege. We are fighting to make the formation of families with all legal protections a right, not a privilege. It's time we reclaim the label "pro-family," because we have the protection of all families in mind.

Making Babies The Gay Way

B.J. Epstein | Posted 05.08.2012 | Gay Voices
B.J. Epstein

Perhaps if there were more children's books that dared to show LGBTQ people adopting, working with surrogates, going to sperm banks, or meeting co-parents, there would be more understanding about what it means to make and raise babies in non-traditional ways.

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 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...

Catholics Want Meeting With Quinn To Talk Abortion, Gay Adoption

Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has never apologized for his pro-choice stance. During the campaign for governor, Quinn supporters released a series of te...

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...

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.

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 Dispute A Matter Of Law And Faith

AP | By JIM SUHR | Posted 11.11.2011 | Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- In large part due to their faith, Mark Zartman and Beth Banuelos swung open their families' doors to children from broken homes in southe...

Judge: Illinois Can Stop Working With Catholic Charities On Foster Care Cases

AP | By JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois judge ruled Thursday that the state can stop working with Catholic Charities on adoptions and foster care placements ...

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, ...

State Ending Foster Care Relationship With Catholic Charities

Posted 09.10.2011 | Chicago

In May, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would end its adoption and foster care program if the state forced them to grant applications...

Jen Sabella

Agency Takes Over Foster Care In Rockford After Catholic Charities Halts Service | Jen Sabella | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would no longer provide foster care services, since new state law would force them to acc...