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California’s ‘Modern Family Act’ aims to bring family law into 21st century

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers will consider updating family law and parental rights to keep up with the evolving nature of families when they return from summer break. Bitter, high-profile disputes have inspired legislators to modernize laws molded for "Leave it to Beaver"-era families. Jason Patric, star of "The Lost Boys," has been seeking custody rights over...

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Luxembourg legislature votes to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Luxembourg's legislature voted Wednesday to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, making the tiny country the eleventh in Europe to allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. The measure passed in the Chamber of Deputies by a vote of 56-4 after a petition by opponents failed to gain the required 4,500 signatures.

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple's petition to adopt their month-old twin boys. Jason Hannah and Joe Riggs are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys — who are half-brothers — share an egg donor.

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Gallup Polls show significant gains in public support for LGBT community

| Monday, June 2, 2014
Jeff Siner,  AP
Public opinion on same-sex relations has improved more dramatically than it has on any other controversial issue with strong moral sensibilities, according to data released on Friday by the Gallup Poll organization. When asked to indicate, “Do you believe that, in general, the following are morally acceptable?” 58 percent said yes on “gay and lesbian relations.”

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Utah Supreme Court halts same-sex parent adoption cases

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah Supreme Court.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court has ordered a temporary halt of several district judges' orders requiring the Utah Department of Health to issue birth certificates in same-sex parent adoptions.

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Utah AG could be held in contempt for blocking same-sex couple’s adoption

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Attorney General Sean Reyes (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- A state judge has ordered Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and two state health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.

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Judge OK’s same-sex couple adoption after court says marriage ban irrelevant

| Saturday, May 3, 2014
Idaho StatesmanRene (left) and Drake Simpson
BOISE, Idaho — A judge has approved a Boise woman's adoption of two sons following an Idaho Supreme Court decision in February that said second-parent adoptions by gay couples are legal despite the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Suit challenging Neb. ban on same-sex couple foster care can move forward

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three same sex couples can go ahead with their lawsuit challenging a Nebraska policy preventing them and all unmarried couples from serving as foster parents, a judge ruled.

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Baby dies in teen’s custody after taken from lesbian couple days before adoption

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Rachel and Heidi McFarland with baby Gabriel.
ANKENY, Iowa -- A teenage father is charged with neglect in connection with the death of a 4-month-old boy after the infant was taken from a lesbian couple who were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

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Franklin Graham: Putin’s doing what’s right for Russia, gays can go to heaven if they repent

| Sunday, April 20, 2014
Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of iconic American preacher Billy Graham, reiterates his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and gay adoption in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

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