Brad O'Conner hopes one day to adopt a child. But a new law that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed Thursday could make it difficult because he's married to a man. O'Conner's relationship with Nathan Furey, 22, violates the beliefs of many Christian-based adoption agencies, which account for about half of the agencies handling adoption in the state. But Catholic leaders and evangelical Christians, who say the new law will help preserve religious liberty, are cheering Snyder's move, which was effective immediately. Additionally, the new law — actually three new laws — allow adoption agencies to say no to other prospective parents, such as unmarried couples, if saying yes goes against their religious beliefs.
Gay Marriage Bill Passes In New York; Governor Cuomo Signs Same Sex Marriage Bill Into Law
Tennessee House passes bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption. Moreover, where studies do mention adoption they often fail to distinguish between outcomes for unrelated children versus those in their original family or step-families, causing research on the more general case of LGBT parenting to be used to counter the claims of LGBT-adoption opponents.
Bill allowing adoption agencies to deny services to gay couples passes Tennessee House
Gay couples and proponents of gay rights have a reason to celebrate tonight, as the New York State Senate has passed a bill that allows same sex marriage. New York will be the sixth, and largest, state in the union to adopt gay marriage. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law at pm on Friday, which means the law will take effect on July 24, The decision, which passed , was the culmination of weeks of contentious debate and negotiations between Governor Cuomo and the GOP-controlled Senate. After the bill passed in the Assembly , it was unclear if the bill had secured enough votes to pass in the Senate.
June 26 marks the fifth anniversary of gay marriage being legalized across the entire United States. To commemorate this milestone in LGBTQ history, we are taking a look at countries around the world that have officially legalized same-sex marriage. Below is a timeline for the 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. The year marks when the law was first enacted in that country.