Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Conservative organizations that claim to espouse "traditional family values" have promised to launch a nationwide campaign in to enact state-level legislation to prohibit adoption by lesbians and gay men. These threats of anti-gay and anti-child legislation have come in response to the increased willingness of courts, policymakers and legislators to recognize that lesbians and gay men can be good parents and should be evaluated on their parenting skills, rather than their sexual orientation. The recent settlement of an ACLU lawsuit in New Jersey, where the State agreed to allow lesbian and gay couples to adopt under the same standards applied to married couples, has increased the right wing's focus on this issue. Anti-gay, anti-child adoption legislation can take several forms. The most obvious is a categorical ban on any adoption by lesbians or gay men, either as individuals or as couples.
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Adoption Groups Could Turn Away L.G.B.T. Families Under Proposed Rule
Discriminatory Treatment in Foster Parenting and Adoptions | American Civil Liberties Union
In March , Amber Stanton, 38, received a call from her doctor's office that would change her life: A pregnant transgender teenager was looking for an LGBTQ couple to adopt his baby. Would Stanton and her wife, Rachel, be willing to take the child in? The Nashville-area business owners had been struggling with fertility issues since the birth of their son, Ryman, six years earlier. After meeting with the pregnant year-old, Oliver Graves, and his then-boyfriend, fellow high school senior Lukas Reed, at a local restaurant, they all agreed to an open adoption. She added that their daughter, Regan, who will be 2 years old in May, has a family that covers "the whole LGBT" spectrum. Now, however, Stanton worries that an adoption bill signed last month by Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Lee, will make adoption more difficult for families like hers.
Discriminatory Treatment in Foster Parenting and Adoptions
In its first order of business for , the Tennessee state Senate is set to take up a controversial bill Tuesday that would allow adoption agencies to decline to place children with same-sex couples. Randy McNally, continues to express concerns with. Despite the House bill easily passing its version of the bill in early April, SB never made it to the upper chamber's floor last session. If passed, the bill could be the first to head to Gov. Bill Lee's desk this year.
Little research has investigated the experience of same-sex adoption from children's perspective. What does it feel like to be adopted by 2 dads or 2 moms? How do the challenges related to being adopted and the challenges related to growing up in a same-sex-parent family overlap in the identity construction of adoptees? This is the 1st European study giving voice to children adopted by same-sex couples focusing on their adoptive and family-related identities at four developmental stages: early childhood, middle childhood, preadolescence, and adolescence.