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Colombia allows lesbian partner to adopt child born via artificial insemination

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
Veronica Botero and Ana Elisa Leiderman with their children Raquel and Ari.
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has taken a major step recognizing the rights of same-sex couples after the country's constitutional court allowed a lesbian couple to adopt a child born to one of its mothers. Ana Leiderman gave birth to two children via artificial insemination. Her longtime partner Veronica Botero however doesn't have any custodial or legal rights ...

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Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender.

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N.J. court recognizes non-biological parents’ rights in same-sex custody case

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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An appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a parent with no biological or legal ties to a child may still be entitled to custodial rights as a "psychological Parent." The decision comes in the case of a lesbian couple who jointly raised the biological child of one of the woman from the age of 18 months. For more than seven years, the couple equally shared in parenting..

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

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
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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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Ohio public pool denies family passes to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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GALION, Ohio -- There’s no gum allowed at the Heise Park pool in Galion. And no snorkels, no dunking, no smoking and no rough play. Oh, and apparently, no families headed by gay or lesbian parents. Galion, a city 60 miles north of Columbus, is reviewing its policy on family passes at a city-owned swimming pool after two women and their four children were denied ...

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Study: Children raised by same-sex couples happier, healthier

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
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A new study conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia finds that children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units. Described as the largest study of its kind in the world, researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing, and found that in general...

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It’s a girl! U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, partner announce birth of daughter

| Friday, July 4, 2014
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DENVER -- U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has announced the birth of a new daughter named Cora. While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman from Boulder said in a statement Friday, "I think I'm going to miss the fireworks for the first time in my life, but my first daughter is far more thrilling."

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UN resolution on ‘Protection of the Family’ excludes language on diversity

| Friday, June 27, 2014
United Nations headquarters in New York.
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted a resolution on the “Protection of the Family” that critics say could lay the groundwork for opposing LGBT rights under international law. The resolution, tabled by 13 nations including Russia, Uganda, Egypt and China, calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare...

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Judge denies Texas dads parental rights to biological twin sons

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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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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For gay dads, two new websites help navigate joys, struggles of fatherhood

| Sunday, June 15, 2014
Gays with Kids founders Ferd Van Gameren (left) and Brian Rosenberg, with their son Levi and daughters Ella and Sadie.
Just in time Father's Day comes two new websites geared toward gay dads and the joys and struggles of fatherhood. Gays With Kids helps gay dads navigate fatherhood − from creating their families to raising them, and The Handsome Father offers advice, assistance and support to other men looking for resources on adoption, surrogacy and raising their family.

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