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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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Obama calls for end to discriminatory parenting laws

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Barack Obama
When President Obama declared May National Foster Care Month, he used words never before included in a White House proclamation about adoption. [...]

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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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