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Arizona governor directs state agency to allow same-sex couples to be adoptive, foster parents

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.)
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is instructing a state agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents. [...]

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Alabama House committee votes to let adoption agencies reject same-sex couples

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Alabama state capitol in Montgomery.
An Alabama House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds. [...]

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Florida senate panel derails discriminatory adoption bill

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents. [...]

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Michigan same-sex marriage challenge began as an adoption case

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Rowse and DeBoer
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse initially went to court to jointly adopt each other's children, not to confront Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. Three years later, the Detroit-area nurses sometimes can't buy groceries without supporters recognizing them and giving a hug. [...]

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French court OKs adoption by lesbian partners

Thursday, April 16, 2015
France
A French court has authorized four lesbian women to adopt children born to their wives abroad through artificial insemination. [...]

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Florida Legislature repeals 38‑year‑old state ban on gay adoption

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida's nearly four-decades old ban on gay adoption - which has already been struck down by the courts and is no longer enforced - could be repealed under a bill now headed to the governor's desk. [...]

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Ariz. governor vetoes bill that could allow adoption discrimination against same-sex couples

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.)
The bill in recent weeks has been caught up in the debate over same-sex marriage after the Maricopa county attorney adopted a policy of not helping same-sex couples adopt. [...]

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Florida House OKs ‘conscience protection’ adoption bill to allow agencies to refuse gay couples

Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Private adoption agencies in Florida would be able to turn away same-sex couples based on religious and moral beliefs under a bill the House passed. [...]

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Arizona county attorney turns away same-sex couple seeking adoption help

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Bill Montgomery
The county attorney says the October federal court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Arizona dealt with marriage, not adoption. Arizona adoption law refers to a "husband and wife" and to a "married man and woman." [...]

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Florida poised to repeal 38-year-old ban on gay adoption

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida is poised to repeal its nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption, and in a stunning turnaround Wednesday, the state Senate blocked efforts to allow agencies to refuse adoptions by same-sex couples on religious or moral grounds. [...]

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