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January 23, 2015

Third time lawmakers reject full adoption rights for same-sex couples

Portugal's parliament yesterday (22 January) rejected draft laws that would allow gay couples to adopt children for the third time, although the vote margin was smaller than ever.

The bills were all defeated by some 30 votes in the Lisbon assembly, which 220 deputies attended.

The majority ruling right refused to back similar measures in 2012 and 2013.

The assembly legalized gay marriage in 2010, but expressly excluded the right for the couples to adopt a child together.

January 21, 2015

Following a TV debate on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Irish government has acted to clarify the bill relating to adoption by same-sex couples, and the specific wording of its marriage equality referendum

Ireland’s coalition government has confirmed that it plans to enact legislative changes allowing same-sex partners to adopt children before the country’s planned referendum on same-sex marriage in early May.

Currently, gay people can only apply to adopt as individuals. Changes allowing gay couples to jointly adopt will be outlined in the Children and Family Relationships Bill, which the government has confirmed will be published next month.

January 15, 2015

Top court says the law contravenes the European Human Rights Convention

Austria's top court yesterday (14 January) lifted a ban on gay adoption, bringing the country into line with many other EU countries.

The Constitutional Court said the law contravened the European Human Rights Convention.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger said there was 'no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation' of the parents.

Previously, only married couples were allowed to adopt but gay marriage is not legal in Austria.

January 13, 2015

The women, who married in November and adopted two young boys in December, are believed to the first same-sex couple to legally adopt in the state

A same-sex couple made history last month when they adopted two young boys in Oklahoma.

An attorney acting for the female couple said that she believed it to be the first such same-sex adoption to legally take place in the state.

The adoption was granted on 19 December but the couple’s attorney, Terri Craig, only spoke out about the case this week.

The couple, from Okmulgee County, have chosen to remain anonymous but are happy for their case to be publicized.

January 5, 2015

Governor Butch Otter says that children are best raised by opposite-sex couples, and that’s why same-sex marriage should again be made illegal in the state

Same-sex marriage was made legal in Idaho last October. Since that time, dozens of gay couples have tied the knot.

However, Republican Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden – both staunch opponents of gay marriage – refuse to give up the fight.

Last week, they both filed petitions to the Supreme Court, asking it to overrule the decision made in October by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

January 3, 2015

Idaho Governor and Attorney General say marriage is a state's-rights issue and that the state has been consistent in legalizing only hetrosexual marriage

A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in October legalized same-sex marriage in Idaho after rejecting Idaho Governor CL 'Butch' Otter's argument to uphold the ban. He argued Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

On Friday Otter filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

January 2, 2015

'There should be no debate...on the question whether a clerk of court may follow the ruling, even for marriage-license applicants who are not parties to this case'

A US federal judge wiped away all the confusion. Come 6 January, every single  county clerk in Florida must provide marriage certificates to qualified LGBTI couples.

Federal district Judge Robert Hinkle released his decision on 1 January.

In late 2014 August, the judge ruled the southern US state's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional.

He put a hold on the finding to give the state time to appeal.

In the New Year's Day decree, Hinkle noted Florida had a number of appeals that were denied by higher courts.

December 29, 2014

The Republican Attorney General has consistently opposed the ban on same-sex marriage being lifted in the state

The Tampa Bay Times has awarded Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, its ‘Loser of the Year 2014’ award, labeling the Republican legal advisor a ‘modern-day Anita Bryant’.

December 27, 2014

Research of census data and other surveys has concluded that an increasing number of children are born outside of marriage or are being brought up by a single parent or same-sex couple

New research undertaken by the Pew Research Center has revealed that less than half of children beneath the age of 18 in the US now live in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage.

The Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

December 24, 2014

Governor wants to take his gay marriage battle to the Supreme Court

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay more than $400,000 to the lawyers who successfully fought the state's gay marriage ban.

US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday (19 December) awarded the six lawyers a total $401,663, which is still about 10% less than what they requested.

'There is no dispute that plaintiffs are the prevailing parties and are therefore entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses,' she wrote in an order.

December 5, 2014

Unlike other parts of Australia, South Australia does not allow same-sex couples or single people to adopt. Its government is now seeking the public’s views on whether to change its adoption policies

In July, the South Australia Government announced that it planned to begin a public consultation and review of its adoption laws.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

November 13, 2014

Julie Eldredge has been cut off from the two children after break-up

A woman who lost access to the two children she had been raising with her ex-partner after a bitter split will get her day in court.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday (12 November) that Julie Eldredge is entitled to a hearing on her claim for parental rights and what is in the best interest of the children.

November 4, 2014

Two gay couples both alike in dignity, in fair High Court where we lay our scene

A UK judge has told two feuding gay couples to stop fighting as it is hurting their children.

Over 10 years ago, a lesbian couple desperate to have a baby asked their gay male best friends if they could donate their sperm.

With a beautiful baby girl born, the lesbian couple then wanted a sibling. A few years later, that girl had a sister.

But when the gay couple wanted to have contact with their biological children, the lesbians refused.

November 3, 2014

November is National Adoption Month in the US. Both the Family Equality Council and the Human Rights Campaign have launched initiatives to help prospective LGBTI parents to realize their dreams

Are you living in the US and considering adoption? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a recent National Family Growth Survey, an estimated two million LGB adults are interested in building a family through adoption.

However, the process is not always a smooth one – or even possible – depending on where you reside.

Whereas California allows LGBT adoption, Nebraska prohibits fostering by two unrelated adults – a policy that activists say has been consistently enforced against same-sex couples.

November 1, 2014

'The Kansas Supreme Court has to be allowed to move forward'

The US state of Kansas asked a federal judge to leave its marriage equality ban alone until the state's Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Lawyers from the attorney general's office made the argument yesterday, 31 October, during a hearing with District Judge Daniel Crabtree.

October 27, 2014

The two women, who split after 16 years together, have been in a custody battle over the three children they co-parented

An appeals court in Alabama has overruled an earlier ruling that granted child visitation rights to a woman who parented three children with her former same-sex partner – deciding that the woman should never have been allowed to adopt the children in the first place.

The two women – identified only as E.L and V.L – were in a relationship together between 1995 and 2011.

Following artificial insemination treatment, E.L gave birth to a child in 2002, followed by twins in 2004.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 11, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe – who yesterday officiated at a gay wedding – says decision will ‘open more doors for Virginia children who need loving families’

On Monday the US Supreme Court announced that it was not going to consider appeals from lawmakers in several states who wished to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

One of the States affected by this decision was Virginia.

On the day following the Supreme Court’s decision, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the decision, paving the way for same-sex marriages to commence.

October 1, 2014

The reports also estimate the number of LGBT people in the US and the number who are in same-sex marriages

Two new studies conducted by the Williams Institute have thrown light on the size of the LGBT community in the US, as well as the number of people in same-sex marriages and raising children.

The Williams Institute is a respected LGBTI think tank based at UCLA Law School, which is dedicated to carrying out independent research on sexuality, gender identity and public policy in the US.

September 23, 2014

Female same-sex couples will now be allowed to adopt babies born of IVF and other medically assisted procedures

France's highest civil court has given married lesbians more adoption rights.

The Court of Cassation has said even though gay couples are still banned from using IVF and other medical ways to assist with reproduction, that is not enough to prevent gay women their legal right to adopt their married partner's child.

As these female same-sex couples are stopped from accessing fertility treatment in France, it has sent many of them to Belgium or Spain.

September 21, 2014

Thinking about adoption? Children will always have questions about being adopted, and knowing how to respond with honest answers is essential. We asked Beth Friedberg of New York’s Modern Family Center for advice

Beth Friedberg is the Associate Director of Parent Preparation and Education at the Modern Family Center at Spence-Chapin. The center provides services for parents of adopted children, adoptees, families formed through adoption, and families brought together through remarriage – including same-sex couples and LGBTI parents.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 1, 2014

The country’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a lesbian who wants to step-adopt her partner’s biological children

Following a five-year legal battle by a lesbian couple, Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that sexual orientation must not be regarded as a discriminating factor by welfare services considering second-parent adoptions.

Ana Leiderman and Veronica Botero, who live in Medellin, share the upbringing of Leiderman’s children: a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. Both children were born after Leiderman underwent artificial insemination. The women underwent a civil union in Germany in 2008, and Botero first applied to adopt the-then baby girl five years ago.