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Portugal defeats draft law to allow same‑sex couple adoptions

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Portugal's parliament has rejected draft laws to allow same-sex couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favor by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever. [...]

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Va. Senate panel rejects second parent adoptions for unmarried, same-sex couples

Friday, January 23, 2015
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A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried same-sex parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. [...]

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Lifting Florida’s gay marriage ban allows lesbian couple to be parents

Thursday, January 22, 2015
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The lifting of a same-sex marriage ban in Florida is giving a Palm Beach County infant the right to call both women in a lesbian couple her parents. [...]

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Austria court lifts adoption restrictions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Austria's Constitutional Court in Vienna.
Prior to the decision Wednesday, same-sex partners could adopt a child only if one of them was the child's biological parent. [...]

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Same-sex couple’s adoption in Oklahoma believed to be among state’s first

Sunday, January 11, 2015
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An adoption decree granted to a married lesbian couple in Okmulgee County is believed to be among the first same-sex adoptions in Oklahoma, the women's attorney says. [...]

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Texas lawmakers introduce joint adoption bills for LGBT parents

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) filed companion bills Wednesday to amend the Texas Health and Safety Code. [...]

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Uganda lawmaker: Foreigners adopting kids ‘to train them on gay practices’

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, is warning clergy members that gay foreigners were adopting Ugandan children "to train them on gay practices." [...]

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Detroit nurses challenging Michigan gay marriage ban adopt 4th child

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hazel Park nurses April DeBoer, left and Jayne Rowse, kiss 2-year-old Rylee DeBoer-Rowse during Michigan Adoption Day at the Oakland County Court House in Pontiac, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. The Detroit-area nurses, who are challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage, finalized their adoption of Rylee, their fourth adopted child.
HAZEL PARK, Mich. -- Two Detroit-area nurses who are challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage are raising a fourth adopted child. The adoption of 2-year-old Rylee DeBoer-Rowse became final in Oakland County on Tuesday, a day when adoptions were publicly celebrated across Michigan. [...]

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Utah Supreme Court lifts hold on adoptions by same-sex couples

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples. The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe officiates at lesbian couple’s wedding

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe  (D-Va.) presides over the wedding ceremony of Renee Bradley (right) and Katherine Bradley-Black, on Friday, October 10, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony. McAuliffe officiated Friday at the wedding of a lesbian couple, Renee Bradley and Katherine Bradley-Black of Northern Virginia, and said he feels honored to be part of the "important occasion." [...]

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