Homosexuals Having Children Essay

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Gays that want children through adoption can face many challenges depending on the state where they live. Adoptions laws vary from state to state. Some states allow single gays to adopt, but prohibit couples; others ban gays from adopting, period. By and large, the situation isn't all bleak, but there are a few places prospective queer parents should avoid. Historically, Florida has had one of the most stringent policies against same-sex couple adoption, dating back to 1977. Since, neither gay and lesbian individuals nor couples have been able to petition to adopt children or adopt one another's child through second-parent adoption. However, in November 2008, new light was shed on the what many thought was a closed case. Statutes forbidding gay and lesbian adoption were struck down by Circuit Court Judge Cindy Lederman. She believed banning same-sex adoption was unconstitutional because it violated equal protection rights for children and parents. The state is appealing Judge Lederman’s decision. Until then, Florida state adoption application forms will continue to require prospective adoptive parents to declare they are neither homosexual nor bisexual. Like Florida, Utah has rigid restrictions on gay and lesbian couple adoption and prolific use of LGBT language in its prohibitive adoption laws. Yet, single people, regardless of sexual orientation, can adopt. According to Utah law, any "person who is cohabiting in a relationship that is not in a legally valid and binding marriage," so long as they are not living together and unmarried. On November 4, 2008, Arkansas voters approved Act 1 by a margin of 57 to 43 percent. The act bans anyone "co-habitating outside of a valid marriage" from foster parenting or adopting children. It's widely believed that the statute was written to target gay couples since same-sex marriage is prohibited in the state. The law was

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