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July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

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.

July 18, 2014

CBS is not expecting a backlash from the LGBTI community over the 12th season plot

Two and a Half Men is hardly known for its subtlety, so be wary for a new plot in the final season of the Chuck Lorre CBS comedy.

The 12th season will kick off with Walden, played by Ashton Kutcher, experiencing a health scare that will lead him to an ‘existential crisis’.

In an attempt to add more ‘meaning’ to his life, he decides he wants to adopt.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'

July 4, 2014

New research concludes the children of same-sex parent households achieve above average scores in terms of health and wellbeing, but can still be prone to discrimination

A new study conducted in Australia has concluded  the children of same-sex families score above average when it comes to health and wellbeing – although they may still be sensitive to the effects of discrimination.

May 28, 2014

Tiny European country's parliament expected to take full vote before summer

Luxembourg moved one step closer today to legalizing gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

The tiny European country's parliament's legal affairs committee has passed n°6172A which is expected to be put before the full parliament for a vote before summer.

It will be a move popular with citizens. A survey conducted last year revealed 83% of people in Luxembourg support same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2014

Coming one day after Oregon ban was lifted, it's the 14th consecutive marriage equality victory in the US

A federal judge today struck down the gay marriage ban in Pennsylvania, the only northeast US state that did not allow gay marriage or civil unions.

The ruling by US District Judge John E. Jones III comes one day after a similar ban was struck down in the state of Oregon which immediately became the 18th US state with marriage equality.

With no stay issued by Jones, Pennsylvania becomes the 19th state where same-sex marriage is legal.

May 19, 2014

'The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the (health) department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child'

The US state of Utah's Supreme Court has called for a temporary halt of birth certificates for same-sex parental adoption.

According to the Associated Press the stay, issued on 16 May, 'appears to apply to a district judge's order requiring Attorney General Sean Reyes and two top health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.'

May 9, 2014

Ruling comes after county offices close for the week - flood of marriage applicants expected Monday

Writing that 'tradition alone cannot form a rational basis for a law,' a state judge on Friday (9 May) struck down a ban on gay marriage in the state of Arkansas.

Second Division Circuit Judge Chris Piazza did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriage is immediately legal in the state.

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 8, 2014

Spokesperson for Michigan maintains Allen's religious perspective has 'no impact on his research and the results it reaches'

One of the experts the US state Michigan is using to defend its ban on gay marriage and same-sex adoption, testified gays are bound for hell.

On 6 March Douglas Allen was asked by plaintiff's counsel if he thought gays were dammed for eternity.

'Not repentant? Yes,' Allen replied, according to The Detroit News.

Allen, an economist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia,  is a witness in a case initiated by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

March 6, 2014

Men and women are deeply divided on the issue of gay adoption, with women 70% in favor and with men 47% against

Half of British men think two gay dads cannot raise children as well as male-female couples, new research shows.

In a new survey, it shows men and women are deeply divided on whether gay men should become parents.

While 47% of men are opposed to a child being raised by two fathers, 70% of women are support gay couples adopting.

When it comes to lesbian partners raising children, views are softer, but a gender gap remains.

42% of men doubt same-sex female couples’ ability to raise children, in comparison to 27% of women.

February 21, 2014

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling last year that gay couples could adopt together on a technicality, they have thrown out a referral asking them to rule on joint same-sex adoptions

Germany’s top court has ruled gay couples are banned from joint adoption today (21 February), despite being allowed to on a technicality.

The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe threw out a request from a Berlin district court to rule on whether same-sex couples living in a registered civil partnership could adopt children together.

But gay rights activists have said the ruling is effectively meaningless, as same-sex couples are allowed to use a system called ‘successive adoption’.

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.

January 14, 2014

But same-sex marriages cannot take place as judge issues stay on his ruling pending appeal

A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday (14 January) ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

But unlike in a Utah case where a similar ruling in December quickly led to more than 1,000 same-sex marriages in that state, the judge has stayed his ruling pending an appeal.

Terence Kern, a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, ruled on a case filed by two lesbian couples back in 2004.

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.'

November 13, 2013

Northern Ireland Health Minister claims it is 'natural order' for a man and a woman to raise a child as gay people can 'resist urges'

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Edwin Poots has defended his opposition to same-sex couples adopting and gay men donating blood.

Slammed for his homophobic views in the past, the minister defended allegations his views are ‘backward’.

Speaking during assembly question time, he was asked if he thought homosexuality could cured or an ‘abomination’.

‘No, I don’t think [homosexuality] is an illness,’ he said. ‘I do think that many people have various elements to their lives when it comes to sexuality.

October 30, 2013

Campaigning group is calling for Vladimir Putin to cancel a series of concerts in December over fears the British singer will speak out on gay propaganda laws

Russia may have banned gay propaganda, gay adoption, but now they’re going after the gay King of Pop.

A campaign has now been launched to ban Elton John from Russia, as a group believes his music, style and views could ‘influence’ children.

The Ural Parent Committee wish for the government to cancel a series of concerts that the ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer has planned throughout Russia at the end of the year.

October 24, 2013

While same-sex couples have now been given equal state child benefits, many are hoping recent coalition talks will pave way for same-sex marriage and adoption

Despite still being banned from adoption, same-sex couples in Germany were given equal state child benefits yesterday (23 October).

A lesbian couple in a civil union, with two children each, were victorious in a legal case at the Federal Fiscal Court in Munich.

The AFP reports the plaintiff, not identified by the court, argued she and her civil partner were entitled to the higher rate of €215 ($296) per month given to families of four children.

October 16, 2013

A decision on whether to have another vote on same-sex marriage in the Tasmanian Upper House has been pushed back two weeks after opponents of the reform failed to provide their legal advice in advance of a briefing for Upper House members

A debate to decide whether to take another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian state of Tasmania has been postponed for two weeks after opponents of the reform failed to provide their legal advice to members of the state Upper House in advance as they had been asked to do.

Former Liberal senator and spokesman for the Save Marriage Coalition instead merely attended a briefing for Upper House MPs where he told them that if they passed the law it would defeated in the High Court of Australia.

October 7, 2013

As gay couples flock to England to adopt, Health Minister Edwin Poots claims he wants the ban as children deserve 'stability'

Gay couples in Northern Ireland could soon be joining the rest of the UK in having the right to adopt children.

But Edwin Poots, the Health Minister, is now doing everything he can to stop that from happening.

The Court of Appeal recently ruled the ban preventing gay, lesbian and unmarried couples from adopting children was unlawful.

The only way a LGB person could adopt was if they were single.

Poots has now applied to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision that the ban is discriminatory.

August 6, 2013

Cecile advertised her offer on E-Loue, a very popular website. Its co-founder assures 'she's not doing anything illegal'

A French woman is renting her breasts to same-sex couples wanting to breastfeed their babies.

The woman, who calls herself Cecilia232, is advertising her offer on E-Loue, a very popular French website where things and services are rented, the site's name literally means Rent Online.

And her milk looks expensive as well: the 20-year-old nurse is demanding €20 ($27) an hour, €100 ($133) for a full day or €500 ($664) for a full week.

August 6, 2013

Openly gay New South Wales state MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has called on Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister to speak out against the treatment of LGBTs in Russia

New South Wales (NSW) state Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich has called on Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to condemn anti-LGBT laws passed by Russia banning adoption by same-sex couples and so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

Greenwich, who is openly gay, wrote to Carr on 5 August, asking for him to ‘publicly oppose draconian homophobic laws introduced in Russia and call on Russia to abandon these laws.’

July 22, 2013

GSN is feeling all broody, so we had to speak to three sets of parents in different stages of the adoption process

Congratulations to Prince William and Kate on the birth of their baby boy, but they are not the only ones who are becoming parents this summer.

We’ve spoken to three sets of parents, a gay couple, a lesbian couple and a single gay man, who are readying themselves to look after the next generation.

We teamed up with New Family Social, a UK support network for gay and lesbian parents, to look for prospective adopters.