News (USA)

NY Governor signs law permitting joint adoptions for unmarried partners

A new New York State law permits unmarried partners — including gay couples — to jointly adopt a child.

Governor David Paterson announced Sunday that he signed the adoption bill, which was effective immediately.

The law also substitutes the gender-neutral term “married couple” in the adoption statute for “husband and wife.” According to sponsors, that partly codifies state appeals court rulings and clears up complications from joint adoption as a two-step process.

Gay individuals can already legally adopt in New York, but state law does not permit same-sex marriages. However, state courts have recognized such marriages legally conducted elsewhere.

MN Archdiocese sending anti-gay marriage DVD to 800,000 parishioners

Previous article

AP Poll: Majority of Americans now support marriage equality

Next article