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 Pediatricians support gay adoptions -- Queer Lesbian Gay News -- Gay.com
Gay.com > News > Pediatricians support gay adoptions -- Proclaiming that the children of gays and lesbians are no worse off their peers, an influential association of pediatricians on Monday supported laws that allow members of same-sex couples to adopt each other's kids.
Proclaiming that the children of gays and lesbians are no worse off their peers, an influential association of pediatricians on Monday supported laws that allow members of same-sex couples to adopt each other's kids.
Mississippi and Utah ban adoption by gay couples, while Florida has the strictest law of all -- it forbids any gays or lesbians from adopting children, regardless of whether they're in a couple.
www.gay.com /news/article.html?2002/02/04/1   (357 words)

  
 Washingtonpost.com: Live Online
I am not an expert on the law, but there are a few states that ban same-sex couples from adoption, and there are also many countries that ban same sex couples from adopting their children.
You should link up with an adoption agency that has experience working with gay men, and that can lead you to adopt from countries that will not have as much bureaucratic oversight, and who are not as homophobic.
Baltimore, MD: Are second parent adoptions legal in the state of Maryland, or only in certain counties?
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/liveonline/01/metro/metro_kahn041201.htm   (4931 words)

  
 Style Weekly in Richmond, Virginia
While a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage cleared its first hurdles in the General Assembly earlier this year, state lawmakers also killed a bill in a Senate committee that would have banned gay adoption, and passed legislation allowing employers to extend health insurance to domestic partners — by a single vote in the House.
But the new law — commonly referred to as H.B. 751 — banned any “civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage.” And it declared void, on Virginia soil, any such contractual rights granted in other states.
She adds that engaging in sexual acts outside of marriage, illegal but never enforced, and the right to file joint taxes are the only things gay couples can’t get around.
www.styleweekly.com /article.asp?idarticle=10704   (4931 words)

  
 Northwest Herald - Online
As the debate over same-sex marriage reaches legislatures across the nation, gay lawmakers are confronting legislation that personally affects their lives – including adoption by gay couples and other issues.
The House of Delegates passed measures that would make it difficult for same-sex couples to adopt children and authorize license plates celebrating "Traditional Marriage." The adoption bill was later rejected by a Senate committee and the license plate measure withdrawn by its sponsor.
Ebbin is a rare openly gay legislator in the South and part of a small national fraternity of lawmakers who have publicly declared their homosexuality.
www.nwherald.com /MainSection/local/282783850221411.php   (4931 words)

  
 BBC NEWS Europe Belgium backs gay adoption plans
Belgian MPs have backed plans to allow adoption by gay couples, two years after legalising same-sex marriage.
The law will grant gay couples in Belgium the same rights as heterosexual couples, allowing them to adopt children from anywhere in the world.
In Germany and Denmark, homosexual adoption is limited to the partners' biological children.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/europe/4491688.stm   (192 words)

  
 SAME-SEX PARENTING
But other states have not yet considered legislative action, while at least one state bans adoptions altogether by the second parent or coparent in a same sex relationship.
In 1990, three same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses from the State of Hawaii.
Perrin said: " We felt that the data were very conclusive that the answer to that question is 'no.' " Thus, the AAP will support legal and legislative efforts to allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.
www.religioustolerance.org /hom_pare2.htm   (192 words)

  
 Catholic World News : Belgium Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Belgium's parliament passed the law granting same-sex couples almost the same rights as married couples 91-31.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jan 31, 03 (CWNews.com) - Belgium became only the second country to legalize so-called gay marriage on Thursday, although it did not go as far as the Netherlands and did not legalize adoption by gay couples.
Catholic World News : Belgium Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=19839   (153 words)

  
 ProudParenting.com - Gay Adoption/Fostering - Lesbian Adoption/Fostering - gay & lesbian family and parenting site ()
Virginia Independent candidate Russ Potts put his support behind allowing cohabiting same-sex couples to adopt children, a stance that put him in sharp contrast from his two party rivals in this year's governor's race.
The Dutch government passed laws in 2000 that allow gay couples to marry and adopt children in The Netherlands, but laws still ban foreign adoption and gay couples must live together a minimum of three years before adoption rights of a partner’s child will be granted.
Lisa Johnston, who is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, brought a challenge to the law in state court last week after an administrative judge, who found her to be otherwise “exceptionally qualified” to be a foster parent, denied her application solely because she is a lesbian.
proudparenting.com /page.cfm?Sectionid=75&...&ID=1832&snippetset=yes   (153 words)

  
 Equal Marriage For Same-Sex Couples New Brunswick couples seek help in marriage battle
ew Brunswick's Justice Minister Green has said that he will continue to discriminate against same-sex couples who seek access to marriage (or recognition of their marriages performed elsewhere in Canada), until he receives orders from Ottawa.
New Brunswick couples seek help in marriage battle
New Brunswick recently lost an attempt to maintain discriminatory practices in adoption legislation, yet Green seems determined to fight on.
www.samesexmarriage.ca /advocacy/nb260904.htm   (153 words)

  
 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN BELGIUM FACTS AND INFORMATION
However, the law does not permit adoption by same-sex partners; and as birth within a same-sex marriage doesn't imply affiliation, the same-sex spouse of the biological parent has no way to become the legal parent.
On 22_July 2005, the Belgian government announced that a total of 2,442 same-sex marriages had taken place in the country since the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples two and a half years earlier.
As in the_Netherlands (the first country to legalize same-sex marriage), this was achieved when the Christian Democrats were not in power.
velocipay.com /Same-sex_marriage_in_Belgium   (235 words)

  
 Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Same-sex marriages are fully equivalent to opposite-sex marriages in the Netherlands with one restriction relating to adoption of children.
It is not possible for same-sex couples to marry on the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba.
Local governments are obliged to perform civil same-sex marriages, and they can require their personnel to marry same-sex couples; however, if their existing contract did not state this requirement, they cannot be fired over a refusal to do so.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_the_Netherlands   (892 words)

  
 The Tao of Jeremy: 07/03/2005 - 07/09/2005
But, she added that marriage licenses for same-sex couples will not be available until later this month when the federal Senate passes the legislation.
Posted: July 9 2005 12:01 am ET (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island, has become the ninth province to acknowledge same-sex marriage - leaving only the province of Alberta and two northern territories waiting for a bill before parliament requiring them to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
The definition of marriage is a federal responsibility but administering marriage licenses and issues involving family law, adoption, and divorce are provincial.
thetaoofjeremy.blogspot.com /2005_07_03_thetaoofjeremy_archive.html   (892 words)

  
 ForumClick - Gay Adoption
I know that gays know about heterosexual sex, but at the same time, they are not good role models for children.
If genes were that only determinant then identical twins would always have the same sexual preference- they don't (if one twin is gay, there is only about a 50% chance that the other twin is gay).
I have seen gay couples where it is no problem seeing which would be the mother and which would be the father.
www.forumclick.com /showthread.php?t=772   (1304 words)

  
 Opinion: Gay adoption should be allowed
Florida is the only state in the nation with a statute prohibiting gays and lesbians from adopting children (although two states, Mississippi and Utah, recently barred same-sex couples from adopting).
Today we know through multiple longitudinal social science studies that children of gay parents are no more likely to become homosexual themselves than are children of heterosexuals.
They decided to join a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to challenge the state's discriminatory practice of prohibiting gays from adopting.
www.sptimes.com /News/062001/Opinion/Gay_adoption_should_b.shtml   (499 words)

  
 SCHOLARLY OR ANALYTICAL WORKS (D-M)
The new frontiers of adoption are explored: from transracial and intercountry adoption, adoption by same-sex couples, and the adoption of children with special needs, to the movements for opening records and maintaining post-adoption contact between adoptive and birth families.
Adoption social theory and practice was gradually transformed into a highly homogenized model that tried to match children to parents by class and background and that ultimately favored conventional middle class American families.
Adoption is currently taking centre stage in family policy in the UK and USA, with new legislation that places emphasis on providing and maintaining permanent family homes for children separated from their families of origin.
members.aol.com /wmlgage/ll/Scholarly_D-M.html   (7611 words)

  
 ABCNEWS.com : More Americans Support Gay Adoption
Supporters of same-sex adoption now outnumber opponents, if only slightly, for the first time in 10 years of polling on the subject.
There has been renewed debate on this issue since talk show host Rosie O'Donnell spoke out last month against a 1977 Florida law that prohibits adoption by homosexuals.
Rosie O'Donnell reignited the the debate over gay adoption by going public with her story of parenting.
abcnews.go.com /sections/us/DailyNews/gayadopt_poll020402.html   (290 words)

  
 The American Spectator
It is due to the fact that children are unlikely to adjust as well to being raised by same-sex couples as opposed to heterosexual ones.
Yet by the time such studies are completed, gay adoption could be firmly entrenched in our society, making it very difficult to stop.
This is potentially harmful for the children involved in gay adoption.
www.spectator.org /dsp_article.asp?art_id=5074   (813 words)

  
 History of Same Sex couples
In what is described by the Advocate as "the first marriage in the nation designed to legally bind two persons of the same sex," Neva Heckman and Judith Belew are married by Reverend Troy Perry in Los Angeles.
The Vermont Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples are to be given the same rights as heterosexual married couples, either through equal access to marriage licenses or through extensive Domestic Partnership provisions.
"Covenant" services are conducted for some gay and lesbian couples by clergy involved in the Council on Religion and the Homosexual.
members.aol.com /mackenburg/history.html   (813 words)

  
 The Hindu : In adoption too, male child is preferred
And while sex determination tests have been disallowed by law, adoption experts too feel that the same rule should apply to couples showing a marked preference for the male child.
In this regard, they cite a recent order passed by the Rajasthan Government which has decided to end choice in adoption to clear the long waiting list of couples, most of whom have expressed a preference for the male child.
And while ending choice in adoption can help clear the waiting list of couples wanting to adopt a child, it will actually demonstrate a willingness to change mindsets, it has been pointed out.
www.hindu.com /2004/01/14/stories/2004011405780400.htm   (497 words)

  
 Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe
Briefly stated, Boswell's argument is that for a period of over a thousand years (roughly between A.D. 500 and 1500), the Catholic and Orthodox churches of Europe sanctioned a ceremony that permitted the life-long union of same-sex couples.
At any rate, the same-sex ceremony was obviously a special kind of rite and one which has its closest affinities, in terms of both form and ritual enactment, with the heterosexual marriage service.
When we are able to reconstruct the kind of social function that these ceremonies of union served, then we can speculate as much as we like that they tacitly permitted men (and women?) to have mad, passionate sex with one another.
www.ualberta.ca /~di/csh/csh12/Boswell.html   (1872 words)

  
 Partners Task Force - Marriage Quiz
However, many same-sex couples have children from previous relationship, as well as through insemination, surrogacy, or adoption, etc.
In denying the appeal of this type of couple that had tried unsuccessfully to marry, a Georgia court wrote that such unions are “not only unnatural, but … always productive of deplorable results,” such as increased effeminate behavior in the population.
Like interracial marriage law, the closeness of kin one could legally marry has changed through the centuries.
www.buddybuddy.com /quiz-1.html   (773 words)

  
 Gay Marriage: The Arguments and the Motives
Sex, in a committed gay relationship, is merely a means of expressing that love, just the same as it is for heterosexuals.
Gay marriage would not change any church's right to refuse to sanctify any marriage entirely as they wish - it would simply offer churches the opportunity to legally marry gay couples if they wish, as some have expressed the desire to do - the freedom of religion would actually be expanded, not contracted.
The fact is that a form of gay marriage has been legal in Denmark since 1989 (full marriage rights except for adoption rights and church weddings, and a proposal now exists in the Danish parliament to allow both of those rights as well), and most of the rest of Scandinavia from not long after.
www.bidstrup.com /marriage.htm   (5851 words)

  
 E LAW Abstract - Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Where to from Here?
They include the areas of the legal status of homosexual relationships; adoption, guardianship and conception of children; immigration and taxation concerns.
This is because they almost invariably only recognise heterosexual marriage-like relationships and because they impact things which impact on almost every area of life and death.
Clayton believes that regulations, policies and practices which give preference to couples are the most far reaching area of discrimination against gay men and lesbians.
www.murdoch.edu.au /elaw/indices/title/clayton_abstract.html   (5851 words)

  
 BBC NEWS World Europe France annuls first gay wedding
A civil contract called the Pacs already gives some rights to cohabiting couples, regardless of their sex, but not the full rights of marriage, notably over taxes, inheritance and adoption.
The couple's lawyers argued that no article in the French civil code forbade the marriage of two persons of the same sex and no text defined marriage as "the union of a man and a woman".
France's first gay marriage, which was conducted last month by a local mayor, has been annulled by a court.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/europe/3929207.stm   (276 words)

  
 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - Caring Conversations / Affirmation of Welcome
Same Sex Relationships - The Unresolved Questions ~ "The Text of a Diocesan Study Group Talk" by Richard Harries (English, Anglican), Bishop of Oxford.
CC6) at which we explored the matter of the blessing of same-sex couples with a focus on National Church Council action and on how we can live together with compassion and grace in community and society.
At the same time, back at home, within the parish, we initiated a second parish-based Caring Conversations series, the fruit of which was the adoption, at length, of Trinity's own elegant and carefully-crafted Affirmation of Welcome.
www.telc.ca /conversations.html   (276 words)

  
 Canadian Marriage Redefinition News Briefs
NDP MP Libby Davies said if same-sex marriage rights are extended across Canada, uniform adoption rights must follow.
One in every 10 marriage commissioners in Newfoundland and Labrador has resigned, saying they won't perform ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Smith's complaint that the Knights, a Roman Catholic men's fraternal and philanthropic society, discriminated against them by refusing to rent the hall to them after learning it was for a same-sex wedding reception.
www.lifesite.net /ldn/2005/feb/05020211.html   (276 words)

  
 The Virginia Progressive: Civil Rights
Despite the fact that state law explicitly bans same-sex couples from marrying or from accruing any of the legal benefits which stem from marriage, some legislators feel a constitutional amendment is necessary.
HB 2921, which would make Virginia the second state to explicitly ban gay adoption, will be discussed tomorrow morning at 7:30 A.M. by the Welfare Subcommittee of the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions.
Gay and lesbian parents are as likely as heterosexual parents to provide healthy and supportive environments for their children.
www.virginiaprogressive.org /the_virginia_progressive/civil_rights   (276 words)

  
 States: Virginia
Adds to prohibition on marriages by same-sex couples language declaring such lawful marriages to be void, and all contractual rights created by such lawful marriages to be void and unenforceable.
Virginia does not have a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, see Va.
Virginia's hate crimes law does not include sexual orientation, see Va.
www.lambdalegal.org /cgi-bin/iowa/states/record?record=46   (276 words)

  
 North Harris College Library : Archived New Books March 2003
Equality for same-sex couples : the legal recognition of gay partnerships in Europe and the United States /
The gay baby boom : the psychology of gay parenthood /
Gay warriors : a documentary history from the ancient world to the present /
nhclibrary.nhmccd.edu /new/newbooks/archive.asp?mon=3&yr=2003   (276 words)

  
 gayrights.html
Only the New Democratic Party voted unanimously for Bill C-23 to extend rights to same-sex couples.
Restricting gay adoption is pointless, and condemns children who would otherwise have loving homes to foster-care or institutions, at tax-payer expense of course.
The hate and bigotry towards gays may not be nearly as severe in Canada as it is in the United States, but it does exist to an astonishing and frightening level.
www.angelfire.com /vamp/seashore/gayrights.html   (276 words)

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