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Virginia Lawmakers Should Do What's Best For Kids

Gary J. Gates | Posted 04.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Gary J. Gates

Virginia's proposed law goes well beyond protection of religious freedom by affirming the right to discriminate in adoption and foster placement by any agency (religiously based or otherwise) based on any moral objection to certain types of parents.

Controversial Anti-Gay Adoption Measure Advances

AP | By LARRY O'DELL | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia legislators have passed a bill allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or m...

Mr. Gay World USA Contestant And His Partner Share A Heartfelt Letter To Their Adopted Toddler

Patrick Wallace | Posted 04.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Patrick Wallace

In late 2011, Burnz and Steve wrote a beautiful letter to their daughter Olivia on aNoteToMyKid.com, expressing their unconditional love for their number-one gal.

Things Ken Cuccinelli Dislikes: Rats, Roman Goddess Breasts

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.01.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Ken Cuccinelli dislikes many things. Recently, Virginia's Republican attorney general has spent a lot of time making known his intense d...

School Faces Legal Action For Removing OpEd Mentioning Gays Be 'Put To Death'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.16.2012 | Education

Earlier this month, Wisconsin high school sophomore Brandon Wegner, 15, published an editorial article in his Shawano Community High School student pa...

The Battle For Gay Adoption Heating Up In Virginia

Pink News | Joseph McCormick | Posted 01.21.2012 | Gay Voices

At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospec...

Talking Family With A Famous Gay Dad

Amelia | Posted 03.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Amelia

After talking with Sean awhile, the differences of gender, location, and financial status just weren't that big a deal. We are families founded in love and built with work and determination. And we both know all those people shrieking "think of the children!" are full of it.

Adopted by Two Gay Dads After a Tumultuous Upbringing, 15-Year-Old Zac Shares a Letter of Love

Patrick Wallace | Posted 03.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Patrick Wallace

Zac's note tells the story of his tumultuous upbringing, the anger and destructive behavior that resulted from the negative experiences he endured as a child, and, ultimately, the appreciation and love he has for his two dads.

Look Who's Playing Rachel's Dads On 'Glee'!

TVLine | Posted 03.18.2012 | TV

As far as parental cliffhangers go, it's second only to the identity of the Mother on a certain CBS sitcom: "Glee" has finally cast Rachel's gay dads,...

Another Victory for Gay Parents and Their Children

Nadine Smith | Posted 03.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Nadine Smith

On Dec. 23, 2011, Florida's 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the state of Florida must recognize the parental rights of two lesbian moms, one the biological mother who contributed the egg and the other who was the birth mother.

Interesting Court Decisions

Ed Koch | Posted 03.04.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

I agree with the Justice Department that South Carolina's proposed picture ID requirement as a precondition to voting is not necessary. I just don't believe that fraud at the polls is a significant problem.

Two Lesbians Raised A Baby: A Response

Ben Stevens | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Whether you vehemently disagree with homosexuality or participate in the local Pride parade every year, you ought to do so based on your convictions about the nature and morality of homosexuality itself.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...