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Maricopa County attorney sidesteps same-sex adoption fight

Friday, July 10, 2015
"If I really wanted to make this a political battle I could have forced the ACLU to litigate it," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
The decision by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to farm out the services he's legally required to provide lets him avoid backtracking on a policy of denying those services to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court's recent ruling on gay ...

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As same-sex marriage becomes more widely accepted, ranks of gay dads increase

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Weston Clark, left, and his husband, Brandon Mark, right, play with their children Xander, 4, and Zoe, 17 months, at their home in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 15, 2015.
More so than heterosexual couples or lesbians, who can bear their own children, gay men face high hurdles en route to parenthood. The main avenues open to them - adoption or surrogacy - can be costly and complicated. But many ...

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Gay couple who always wanted to be dads now adopting their 7th child, a gay teen

Friday, June 19, 2015
Eric Charles-Gallo, center, with husband Louis Gallo, left, and newest addition, Darnell, right. They’re surrounded by their other six kids and a foster baby.
Right from the start of their relationship, Eric Charles-Gallo and Louis Gallo of Kansas City, Missouri, knew they wanted to be dads. ...

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Gay adoption ban stricken from Florida laws after four decades

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the language from Florida's statutes - though the ban hasn't been enforced for the past five years. ...

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Michigan governor signs bill allowing adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law letting private adoption agencies with state contracts decline to participate in referrals against their religious beliefs, despite criticism that it amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination against gay couples. ...

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Michigan lawmakers OK bill allowing adoption agencies to reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Michigan
Faith-based agencies with state contracts can refuse to participate in adoption referrals that violate their beliefs under legislation approved Wednesday by Michigan's Republican Legislature, despite objections it would permit discrimination against gay couples. ...

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Divisive anti-gay marriage bill, anti-gay adoption measure scrapped in Texas Legislature

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin
Texas lawmakers have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer, and an anti-gay adoption measure has been abandoned. ...

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Texas House scraps bill protecting agencies that bar gay adoptions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House has scrapped - at least for the time being - a measure that would have allowed some child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children through them. ...

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Gay couple, one of whom adopted the other, has adoption vacated now that they can marry

Friday, May 22, 2015
Bill Novak, right, and Norman MacArthur at their home in Erwinna, Pa. The couple, who were legally recognized as father and son, has gotten a judge to vacate the adoption now that same-sex partners can get married in Pennsylvania.
When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York. ...

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Gillibrand to introduce legislation to prohibit anti-LGBT adoption bias

Sunday, May 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. ...

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