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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.

March 4, 2014

Sociology professor Mark Regnarus’ research has been denounced by his own department at the University of Texas as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on same-sex parenting in court cases

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas and its College of Liberal Arts have distanced themselves from the research of their controversial Sociology Professor Mark Regnarus as he continues to present himself as an expert witness on the parenting abilities of same-sex couples.

January 24, 2014

A new review of research by the Australian Government’s Institute of Family Studies has found that kids who are being brought up in families headed by gays and lesbians do as well as their heterosexually parented peers

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has released a report on the well being of children raised by gays and lesbians and found they did just as well as those raised by heterosexual men and women.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family well being and provides an evidence base for developing policy supportive of the well being of families in Australia.

January 18, 2014

Juan Pablo Galavis is concerned how a gay contestant on The Bachelor would impact children

The contestant in the ABC reality show The Bachelor thinks a gay version of the show would be inappropriate for children.

'I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,' Juan Pablo Galavis said to The TV Page.

The former Venezuelan soccer star was promoting the show at a network party in Pasadena, California. While acknowledging there are LGBTI parents,  he thinks children would be confused to see a single gay parent looking for love like he is.

December 20, 2013

Letters, videos and hilarious mishaps make up this year's must-see stories

Like never before, the world was touched by the stories of LGBTI people in 2013.

This year saw more LGBTI stories and moments going viral, issues of interest only to the community suddenly becoming mainstream.

It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to read heartwarming letters of a proud dad to his gay son. It wasn't just LGBTI people who wanted to watch kids reacting to the idea of marriage equality. And it certainly wasn't just LGBTI people who listened and loved to a proud straight grandma who wrote a song for her lesbian niece.

November 23, 2013

In letter to fellow representative, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney points to figure estimating 20,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has declined to include LGBT parents in her adoption resolution.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay parent from New York, requested, as reported by the Advocate, the failed presidential candidate 'recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children.'

November 17, 2013

Far right Christian and former military chaplain ‘Dr Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt says gay parents look on their adopted children with ‘lust’ and want to recruit them into the ‘homosexual lifestyle’

The host of a far right Christian internet program has claimed that gay parents look on their adopted children with what ‘looks to me a little bit like lust,’ and has claimed gay parents want to recruit their children into the ‘homosexual lifestyle.’

Retired US navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt AKA ‘Dr Chaps’ made the comments on his Pray In Jesus’ Name News internet program on 14 November in response to Northern Ireland allowing same-sex couples to adopt.

October 10, 2013

Vitaly Milonov, a Russian lawmaker, wants an amendment on the 'gay propaganda' law banning same-sex couples from using surrogacy

A Russian lawmaker has proposed a ban on gay people from using a surrogate mother to have children.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda bill, has suggested an amendment to banning same-sex couples from having children.

‘At present, Russian law has a loophole through which members of sexual minorities are allowed to inform children about homosexuality,’ his office said, as translated by GSN.

October 2, 2013

State Duma will discuss bill that will put homosexuality as grounds for denying custody of a child, along with alcoholism, violence, and abuse

Russia will officially be considering a bill that will remove children from gay parents next February.

The bill, authored by deputy Alekei Zhuravlev, will amend the Family Code.

Under the new bill, having a ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’ will be a basis for denying custody to gay people.

Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity and abuse.

September 9, 2013

The Alternative Parenting Show returns to London this month at a time when gay families are booming and LGBT parents are earning new respect

The annual Alternative Parenting Show, which returns to London this month, exemplifies an explosion in the growth of gay parenting

New film Any Day Now has just hit UK cinemas and serves as a stark reminder of how far gay people have come in the past four decades in respect to equal rights – particularly in respect to parenting.

September 5, 2013

Plans are being drawn up to put homosexuality as grounds for denying custody of a child, along with alcoholism, violence, and abuse

A Russia lawmaker has proposed a bill to remove children from gay parents.

Alekei Zhuravlev, the deputy of the Russian State Duma, has proposed amendments to the Family Code.

Under the new bill, having a ‘non-traditional sexual orientation’ will be a basis for denying custody to gay people.

Other grounds include alcoholism, drug use, a history of violence, insanity and abuse.

Zhuravlev, the author of the child custody bill, has said homosexual ‘propaganda’ must be banned not only in public spaces ‘but also in the family’.

August 14, 2013

Top British celebs to host family day at the London landmark, giving gay families a support network and a lovely day out

Gay celebrities and UK TV actors Charlie Condou (Coronation Street) and Sophie Ward (Holby City) are gearing up for some animal antics at London Zoo, hosting a grand day out for LGBT parents and their kids.

Expecting animals, food and fun, the zoo is opening its gates to gay families across the UK, hoping to create a relaxed environment for like-minded families to interact and network.

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.

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.

July 11, 2013

House of Lords has let the England and Wales equal marriage bill to pass through to the third and final reading intact

Gay marriage in England and Wales is progressing to the third and final reading intact in the House of Lords.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) has just completed the final day of the Report Stage, with several votes on amendments made to wreck the bill.

From a referendum on equal marriage to a question from a young teen with same-sex parents, the upper house of parliament discussed and debated long into the evening yesterday (10 July). 

Lord Singh put forward the referendum, which would have cost British taxpayers £75 million ($113m, €86.7m).

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.

July 3, 2013

Russian President makes a ban on foreign gay couples adopting from Russia as well as straight and gay individuals with countries where same-sex marriage is legal

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning foreign gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian children today (3 July).

It follows the legalization of ‘non-traditional relationships’ propaganda also signed into law three days ago, effectively making homophobia legal.

In a statement, the Kremlin said the law is aimed at ‘guaranteeing a harmonious and full upbringing for children in adoptive families’.

June 20, 2013

A book called 'Daddy's Roommate' teaches acceptance, tolerance and helps kids understand how gay love is 'just another type of love'

Are you sitting comfortably? As right now you’re about to read an incredible children’s book explaining gay parents.

Originally from America and translated into German here, ‘Daddy’s Roommate’ teaches acceptance and tolerance.

In the book, the kid’s parents separate and the dad moves in with his ‘friend’.

The mom later explains his dad and his dad’s friend love each other, and it’s just ‘another type of love’.

Check out the book below:

June 5, 2013

Researchers suggest the reason more communication, openness and resilience to outside pressure is why gay families appear more happy

Children brought up by same-sex couples are happier, healthier, and more sociable according to the initial findings from the world’s largest study on the subject.

The research, which studied the wellbeing of 500 children in Australia, found the self-esteem of children and the amount of time they spent with their parents was no different from the rest of the population.

But infants looked after by gay couples scored higher for overall health and family cohesion.

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.

April 11, 2013

A day after the Senate voted in favor of marriage equality and adoptions for gay couples, Gilles Bernheim has announced his resignation

The Chief Rabbi of France has announced his resignation today (11 April), a day after the Senate voted in favor of gay marriage and adoption.

Gilles Bernheim has admitted to plagiarizing his essay in which he condemned marriage equality and gay parenting.

The head of France's Jewish community also admitted to not having a qualification in philosophy, blaming it on being ill on the day he took an exam.

When the scandals was revealed, Bernheim said he would act with ‘humility’ and said resigning would be a ‘desertion’.

March 22, 2013

American scientific study shows that same-sex marriage is in the best interests of children

The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage yesterday when it published a report showing that children will benefit if their parents are allowed to marry.

March 12, 2013

Our resident gay dad columnist has an imagined conversation with a priest who argues a Cambridge University study was wrong and kids need a mother and father

This month, Cambridge University released a study. It was published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering. Their conclusion on the basis of the report was ‘Gay fathers, in particular, are extremely committed to parenting’.

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.