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Dr. Paul Melchert (left) and his husband James Zimmerman, with their twin boys.

Study: Marriage leads to improved health for same-sex couples and their children

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A recent report from The New England Journal of Medicine finds that marriage equality has positive effects on public health by improving access to healthcare for same-sex couples and their children, and reducing the risks of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems when a couple’s relationship is not legally recognized. [ Read more → ]
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Honey Maid ‘This is Wholesome’ campaign features same-sex parents

Monday, March 10, 2014
The company behind Honey Maid graham crackers on Monday unveiled a diversity-rich advertising campaign prominently featuring same-sex parents among its collection of real American families. [ Read more → ]
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A Gay Dad’s Valentine to His Sons

Friday, February 14, 2014
Since today is aching Valentine’s Day, rather than submit logic here on why heterosexual couples are as likely to enjoy consensual relationships with each other, and how same-sex couples can be as strongly “child centric,” I decided to go ahead and commemorate the day by BEING child-centric instead. I hope you consent. Instead of submitting an amicus brief, I am submitting a valentine. Here is my valentine. It is not to my partner Jim, whom I adore. He will get his own valentine this weekend. It is to my sons for whom I live and for whom I would die... [ Read more → ]
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Idaho Supreme Court rules gay, lesbian couples have equal adoption rights

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that gay and lesbian couples have the same right to adopt children as anyone else under state law. [ Read more → ]
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Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit seek to exclude ‘expert’ witness Mark Regnerus

Thursday, February 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Plaintiffs in a federal court challenge of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage have filed a brief seeking to ban the author of a discredited study on gay parenting from testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the state. [ Read more → ]
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Discredited Regnerus study demonizing gay parents continues its reign of error

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
For the anti-gay movement, call it the gift that keeps on giving. The thoroughly discredited study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus that was released July 2012 has turned up yet again, this time in the initial brief filed on behalf of the state of Utah in its fight against marriage equality. The brief suggests that children will somehow be endangered by marriage equality, and the Regnerus study is supposed to lend credence to the false claim that children raised in same-sex households fare worse in many ways than in households with opposite-sex couples... [ Read more → ]
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Thanks Coke for the Super Bowl commercial… but, ‘Is It the Real Thing?’

Monday, February 3, 2014
You have been deservedly under fire for your sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Now you have shown great courage in the United States on behalf of diversity. There are those who are cynical that you may be playing both sides and looking for the maximum in financial gain. To use your own branding catch phrase, they are asking, and I am asking, about your support for freedom and diversity: Is it the real thing? Will you blindly fund a regime that would deem your current public outreach as a crime or will you still stand for diversity in a country whose population is not yet open to hearing it? [ Read more → ]
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Coca-Cola airs first ever Super Bowl ad featuring gay parents

Sunday, February 2, 2014
Coca-Cola on Sunday became the first advertiser to show a gay family in a Super Bowl television commercial. [ Read more → ]
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A gay dad’s open letter to his kids: The truth about Santa

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The miracle of Christmas is not in what we get, and it is not in what we see. It is in what we feel, what we imagine and what we give to create love and happiness. I want you two to never let anyone take that away from you. Your feelings of Christmas, your inspiration on what to do to make others happy and the love we have for each other… those are all invisible, but they are the most real things in the world. I believe in them with all my heart, and I hope you do too. There is only one thing I believe in more, and that is you... [ Read more → ]
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Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

Friday, December 13, 2013
TOKYO -- Japan's Supreme Court this week ruled that a toddler born to a transgender man and his wife through artificial insemination shall be regarded as their legitimate child. [ Read more → ]
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Northern Ireland lifts ban on same-sex couple adoption

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
BELFAST -- Northern Ireland has lifted its ban that prohibited same-sex couples in civil partnerships from adopting children. [ Read more → ]
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Judge orders disclosure of documents relating to flawed gay parenting study

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A Florida state court judge on Tuesday ordered the University of Central Florida to turn over records related to the publication of a debunked 2012 study conducted by Mark Regnerus that demonizes gay and lesbian parents. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. man appeals ruling barring partner from home when son visits

Friday, November 8, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A judge violated an Arkansas man's constitutional rights by barring his gay partner from staying overnight when his son visits, imposing a blanket restriction on unmarried couples living together, attorneys told the state's highest court Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Fla. Supreme Court settles lesbian couple’s custody battle

Thursday, November 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements. [ Read more → ]
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Ind. court: Law unclear on custody issues of children of same-sex parents

Friday, November 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Court of Appeals wants the Legislature to update state laws to address custody issues regarding children of same-sex and other non-traditional families. [ Read more → ]
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France approves first spousal adoption by a same-sex couple

Friday, October 18, 2013
PARIS -- A lesbian couple in France has received approval for one wife’s two biological children to be adopted by her spouse, the first such authorized same-sex couple adoption in the country. [ Read more → ]
Richard Drew, APEmbryologist Rick Slifkin displays some of the frozen sperm stored at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York.

Fertility clinics helping more same-sex couples have kids

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
BOSTON -- Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom" approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy. [ Read more → ]
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Bill to deny LGBT parents custody of their children advances in Russian parliament

Thursday, October 10, 2013
MOSCOW -- A bill that would strip same-sex couples and LGBT individuals of custody of their children has advanced in the Russian parliament. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. requires health plans to offer equal fertility coverage for same-sex couples

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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Texas dad gives his son a lesson in humiliation as punishment for bullying

Friday, October 4, 2013
KILLEEN, Texas -- A Texas boy who has been in trouble at school several times for bullying, has learned a lesson in humiliation after spending an afternoon announcing to passers-by that he is a bully. [ Read more → ]
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Court: Surrogate mom can seek parental rights following breakup with partner

Thursday, October 3, 2013
CARSON CITY, Nev. — A lesbian woman who gave birth to a child conceived from a fertilized egg provided by her companion can argue for parental rights in the wake of the couple's breakup, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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You know, it’s not just about the pasta…

Sunday, September 29, 2013
You all know it’s not about the pasta. It’s about discrimination and intolerance and ignorance. It’s about a mindset that continues on for generations and generations – passed down through a family like Green Bay Packers or Boston Red Sox tickets. When the Chairman knew his words had created a firestorm, he said this: “I only wanted to underline the central role of the woman in the family." Well, as a woman who is also a lesbian, I feel so much better now. [ Read more → ]
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Russian lawmaker proposes bill to deny gay parents custody over their children

Thursday, September 5, 2013
MOSCOW — A Russian lawmaker has proposed a bill that would deny gay parents custody over their children. [ Read more → ]
Broadway BooksAuthor Lori Duron, right, and her son, the inspiration for Duron's book "Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son," at their California home.

In ‘Raising my Rainbow,’ mom shares story of ‘fabulous, gender creative’ son

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
For Lori Duron, parenting her younger son C.J. is etched in time as B.B. and A.B. — before Barbie and after Barbie. The 6½-year-old discovered the doll at the back of his mother's closet about four years ago, and she's barely left his clutches since. [ Read more → ]
Nati Harnik, APSame-sex couples Todd Vesely, left, and Joel Busch, right, and Lisa Blakey, second left, and Janet Rodriguez, second right, are seen in the State Capitol's Rotunda in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. They are two of three same-sex couples who are challenging a Nebraska policy that prevents them from serving as foster parents.

Same-sex couples file lawsuit challenging Neb. ban on gay foster parents

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Three same-sex couples challenged a Nebraska policy on Tuesday that prevents them from serving as foster parents, setting up a legal battle in a state with a shortage of eligible families. [ Read more → ]
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