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May 24, 2014

A Slovakian couple lost their appeal to stop a gay UK couple from adopting their two sons, they had argued it would psychologically damage them to have gay parents

A Slovakian couple have lost their battle to stop a British gay couple from adopting their two young sons.

The couple’s two young sons, one and four, are to be adopted by a same-sex couple in Kent, to the horror of the parents.

The couple, who come from a Catholic Roma community, argued if their children cannot be raised by a gay couple because their culture condemns homosexuality and took their case to the High Court in London.

April 28, 2014

The 17-year-old birth father is being charged with neglect after the baby died in his custody

A baby has died after being taken away from a lesbian couple that were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

Heidi and Rachel McFarland, from Iowa, took four-month-old boy Gabriel home from the hospital in what they hoped would be the beginning of their happy family.

After the married couple helped cut the umbilical cord, they spent every waking moment with Gabriel until he was returned to his birth parents.

‘It’s like he knew instantly,’ Rachel McFarland said. ‘We were his mommas’.

April 8, 2014

Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

March 19, 2014

More travel destinations are catering to the needs of gay and lesbian parents as same-sex families are becoming more normalized. Here are some things to consider prior to departure

Gay and lesbian parents may experience challenges other households do not, but a family is still a family, and families need to get away every once in a while.

Planning a trip abroad with your family is an awesome opportunity to show your kids something new, or refresh your view on local destinations.

But whether your child is a toddler or just about to turn 18, there are some precautions every rainbow family should consider before starting of a journey.

March 18, 2014

After the boy was bullied for being different, his unsympathetic parents took him back to the adoption home because he had ‘too many problems'

An Italian teen boy was given up by his adopted Italian family for being gay, it was reported today (18 March).

The boy, 14, was abandoned by his biological parents as a baby. Described as ‘sweet, shy and insecure’, other children bullied him because of his sexuality.

But instead of providing support, his unsympathetic adoptive parents disowned him and took him back to the adoption home as it created ‘too many problems’.

February 13, 2014

Idaho’s state Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their spouses’ children in a unanimous verdict on Monday – saying that the state had been misapplying its own law

Darcy Drake Simpson will become the first lesbian to legally adopt her partner’s children in the US state of Idaho after a state Supreme Court bench ruled unanimously in favor of her right to adopt.

Drake Simpson has been co-parenting a 15-year-old son born to partner Rene Simpson during their 19 year relationship and a 13-year-old boy Rene Simpson adopted in 2001.

However before now Drake Simpson had no parental rights over the children or legal responsibility for them.

February 1, 2014

Catholic adoption agency found to discriminate against same-sex couples wins appeal to retain charity status after Scottish appeals panel overturns decision

A Glasgow-based adoption agency which was found to discriminate against same-sex couples looking to adopt has won an appeal to retain its charity status.

St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society had been told it would lose its charity status, but that decision has now been rejected by the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel.

St Margaret’s is run by the Catholic Church, and was one of several adoption agencies that resisted new adoption equality laws.

December 11, 2013

Following the Health Minister Edwin Poots' attempts to keep the ban, the Supreme Court has said gay couples are now free to apply to adopt children

Gay and unmarried couples are now free to adoption children in Northern Ireland, following a ban being finally lifted today (11 December).

They can now apply in the same way as straight couples.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: 'Following the Court of Appeal judgement in June 2013, unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, and those in a civil partnership may apply to adopt.

'The final decision regarding the granting of an adoption order will lie with the court.'

July 29, 2013

An Arizona gay couple recently adopted two more kids to reunite them with a sibling they had already adopted – bringing the number of kids they are parenting to 14

Arizona couple Steven and Roger Ham are now raising 14 kids after they discovered that one of their daughters’ siblings had been abused by foster carers.

The Hams had planned to stop adopting in 2010 after adopting six boys and six girls – the oldest of which is now 18.

But in January Steven and Roger saw a report on the news about two foster parents in Prescott who had abused a 4-year-old girl in their care.

July 16, 2013

A gay dad exposes how the claims against LGBT parents are based on a flawed study and looks at new research showing happiness is the key to raising kids

My 10-year-old son Jason just bounded out of bed, excited to meet this Saturday morning. He crawled onto my lap as I was trying to type and we reviewed all the great things we have lined up this weekend. Snuggles and kisses ensued. This is his birthday month and he has a lot on his mind, all good stuff.

June 5, 2013

Who will adopt the millions of orphans worldwide who are already here, not perfect, and need us? Could lesbian and gay parents be the answer?

‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ goes the old saying. When there is a problem or an issue in play, a creative solution is often about to be realized. This point is nowhere more valid than in the area of LGBT couples having children and starting families.

March 4, 2013

British gay couples are being urged to consider fostering or adoption as a new study shows they make great parents

As a new study shows adopted children of same-sex parents are thriving, the UK government is urging more gay couples to adopt.

The report released by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) details the experiences of 130 adoptive families, 49 of which are run by heterosexual couples, 41 by gay men and 40 by lesbian parents.

Carried out by Cambridge University’s Center for Family Research into adoptive parenting, its release today (4 March) coincides with LGBT Adoption and Fostering week.

March 4, 2013

British charity Action for Children marks LGBT fostering and adoption week by calling on community to provide loving homes for abandoned kids

Leading charity Action for Children has said LGBT people could solve a care crisis by adopting or fostering thousands of kids.

The organization is key sponsor of the second annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week in the UK, which starts today (4 March) and runs until 10 March.

Action for Children believes LGBT people could be help make up the shortfall of foster carers and adoptive parents across Britain so all kids could be moved out of care and into loving homes.

February 14, 2013

A research of LGBT parenting in Ireland found that many gay parents face legal and social difficulties

The first study into LGBT parents in Ireland revealed legal vulnerability which adversely affects gay families.

The study, published yesterday (13 February), examined the experiences of 153 LGBT people who are already parents to 272 children and 170 people who are actively attempting to become parents.

January 23, 2013

Six years after Belgium allowed homosexuals to adopt, 14 out of 30 children were given to gay couples

Gay couples are giving homes to almost half of adopted children in the Flanders area of Belgium.

The Flemish Center for Adoptions announced today (23 January) in 2012, 14 children went to gay couples and 16 went to straight ones.

By law, Belgian mothers are allowed to stop adoptions if they do not approve of the hopeful family.

A FCA spokesman said the numbers show the organizations in charge of adoptions are thinking without prejudice.

November 30, 2012

UK Independence Party would-be MP loses election but still rants over gay adoption saying it is like the fall of the Roman Empire

UK Independence Party politician Winston McKenzie has ranted against gay parenting on live TV after losing his bid to become an MP.

The UKIP culture spokesperson was standing to become a Member of Parliamment for Croydon North in London in a by-election yesterday (29 November) but lost to Labour’s Steve Reed.

November 27, 2012

Winston McKenzie, the right-wing party's culture spokesman, warns LGBT parents would raise their child to be gay

A member of the right-wing UK Independence Party claims gay adoption is 'child abuse'.

The party's culture spokesman, Winston McKenzie, called for a ban on gay and lesbian people adopting.

The Christian spoke to The Metro ahead of the Croydon North by-election on Thursday (29 November) in which the former boxer is running to become a Member of Parliament.

During the interview, he said: 'To say to a child, "I am having you adopted by two men who kiss regularly but don't worry about it" - that is abuse.

November 3, 2012

Adoption agency Catholic Care has lost its appeal against discrimination laws in the highest court of England

A Roman Catholic charity has lost their fight to stop gay people from adopting from their agency.

UK-based adoption agency Catholic Care had gone to the Upper Tribunal to sanction its belief in refusing same-sex couples as potential parents.

However the Charity Commission, the regulator for charities in England and Wales, has insisted Catholic Care’s stance is ‘divisive, capricious and arbitrary’, and demeaning to the dignity of gay couples.

October 4, 2012

LGBT association Equality Italia launches a campaign to get more gays and lesbians to 'adopt' a child living in poverty abroad

The LGBT Italian association Equality Italia has launched a campaign to encourage single gays or lesbians, or same-sex couples to 'adopt' a child living in poverty abroad.

The campaign is called ‘Io ce l’ho grande il cuore’ or ‘My heart is very big’ and it's thought to be the first of its type to target LGBT people.

Many Italians use 'long distance adoption' to support a child living in poverty in another country - though the 'adoption' does not, of course, make them the legal parents or guardians of the child.

June 11, 2012

Two new reports criticize landmark 2005 gay parenting brief that says LGB families as good as straight ones

Children with lesbian, gay or bisexual parents are worse off, a report from US university scientists claims.

In the study of 3,000 adults, Mark Regenerus, author and professor of sociology at the University of Texas, found that children from planned LGB families did worse than children in conventional relationships with stable families.

The study asked young adults questions about social, emotional and relational experiences in 40 areas.

May 28, 2012

John Key says he would give initial support to potential legislation to allow gay adoption

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he would give initial support to potential legislation to let gay couples adopt.

Key told Radio Live today he would support a bill that looks to legalize gay adoption through its first reading in parliament.

'I'm not afraid to have debates on those areas,' he said.

Despite his ‘great sympathy’ for people who wanted to adopt but could not, he noted there are wider issues to consider.

May 23, 2012

The Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of Chandler Burr, a gay American who was blocked from taking his legally adopted sons out of the country 

Colombia's highest constitutional court has guaranteed Chandler Burr custody of his two sons.

The gay New York Times journalist sued the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF) for barring him from taking his two legally adopted sons outside of the country.

The ICBF called for the US Embassy to revoke the boys' adoption emigration visas in March 2011 after he disclosed he is gay.

Burr had adoption the boys through an international adoption agency and met all legal requirements, including obtaining the adoption decree.

February 22, 2012

Popular British TV star backs UK’s first gay and trans adoption and fostering week

One of Britain’s best-loved TV presenters, Paul O’Grady, has given his support to LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week.

O’Grady, who is gay himself and made his name as drag queen Lily Savage, told Gay Star News: ‘There are so many children in need of a home and someone to look after them.

‘For many of these children it doesn’t matter that they have two dads or two mums, what is important is that there are people to care for them.

February 7, 2012

Says adoption should not be based on 'discriminatory and irrelevant factors'

Both houses of the Virginia State Legislature last week passed a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to deny placements to gay people or anyone else who conflicts with their religious beliefs.

The White House issued a statement on Tuesday (7 February) against the bill which the state's Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is expected to sign the bill into law.