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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
Heise Park pool in Galion, Ohio
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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Not too late for Father’s Day… Hallmark has an eCard for two greatest dads

| Saturday, June 14, 2014
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It's not too late to find a Father's Day card for your two dads! Hallmark has the answer for kids with the two "world's greatest dads" -- a special eCard created by transgender artist Kylie Summer Wu. The "I'll Take Two" card depicts a young girl shopping for Father's Day gifts, selecting two of each item...

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Uncertainty lingers for Utah’s married, same-sex couples and their children

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Matthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner with their son Jesse, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Utah that claims the state has put hundreds of gay and lesbian couples in legal limbo and prevented them from getting key protections for themselves and their children.
SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge's ruling ordering officials to recognize gay marriages that took place in the state after a same-sex marriage ban was overturned marked a key victory for Utah gay and lesbian couples. But it doesn't end their months-long legal limbo.

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Ark. health department allows same-sex couples on birth certificates

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Health is allowing same-sex couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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