Alabama bill protects adoption agencies that turn away LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Alabama might protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or in other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The Alabama Senate approved legislation April 18 that prohibits the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements on religious grounds. Proponents said the bill is needed so the faith-based agencies can make placements without violating their faith. Critics derided it as blatant discrimination.

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Alabama Legislature to debate protections for religious adoption agencies

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Lawmakers are attempting to add Alabama to the list of states that protect faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or in certain other households.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

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Judge rules Indiana must list both mothers as parents on birth certificates

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Indianapolis (AP) — Indiana must list both spouses in lesbian marriages as parents on their children’s birth certificates, a federal judge ruled June 30, saying the state must end what she called a “discriminatory” practice of listing only the birth mother.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted summary judgment in favor of eight lesbian couples who sued the Indiana health commissioner, Dr. Jerome Adams, whose agency oversees birth certificates and county health departments. The couples argued that state law wrongly forces a spouse who did not give birth to go through a costly adoption process to be legally recognized as the child’s parent.

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Czech Republic allows LGBTs in domestic partnerships to adopt

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Prague (AP) — The Czech Constitutional Court has overturned a law which banned individual gays and lesbians living in a registered partnership from adopting children.

In its ruling on June 28, the country’s highest legal authority said that such a ban is discriminatory because individual gays and lesbians who don’t live in the official partnership were allowed to do so.

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Alabama Supreme Court changes ruling in lesbian adoption case

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple’s adoption that was carried out in another state.

The opinion announced May 27 falls into line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in March that said the Alabama court erred in declaring the adoption held in Georgia invalid.

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Colombia high court rules for same-sex couple adoptions

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In a historic decision, Colombia’s constitutional court opened the door Nov. 4 for same-sex couples to legally adopt children in the conservative South American nation.

In the 6-2 ruling, the court said adoption agencies can’t discriminate against gay, lesbian and transsexual couples during an adoption process.

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Same-sex couple set to adopt kids after lawsuit

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Formal adoption of children by a same-sex couple who challenged Michigan’s ban on gay marriage will be held in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Attorney Dana Nessel, who represented Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, says in an email that the adoption hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Pontiac.

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Arizona attorney avoids same-sex adoption fight

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PHOENIX (AP) – Same-sex couples seeking free legal help with non-contested adoptions from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office can now get it – from a private lawyer.

The decision by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to farm out the services he’s legally required to provide lets him avoid backtracking on a policy of denying those services to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriage.

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Alabama lawmakers vote to let adoption agencies refuse gay couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House Committee voted April 22 for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away gay couples on religious grounds.

The House State Government Committee approved the bill April 22. It now moves to the House floor.

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With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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Florida removes gay adoption ban, bill giving agencies a right to discriminate dies

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Tallahassee – The Florida Legislature has moved two gay adoption bills through the 2015 session—one pro-LGBT, the other anti-LGBT—and both are racing to get to the governor’s desk and become law before the session ends.

On April 14, the Florida Senate passed the first of these bills, the Adoption and Foster Care bill (CS/HB 7013), by a vote of 27-11. The bill strikes outdated statutory language that bans gay people from adopting in the state of Florida.

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Florida Senate Committee postpones vote on anti-gay adoption bill

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The Florida Senate’s Rules Committee elected to postpone voting on the Conscience Protection bill (CS/HB 7111) after hearing two hours of testimony for and against the bill.

The committee chair, Sen. David Simmons (Altamonte Springs-R), continually asked for all speakers to be brief and to the point as “they had many people there who wanted to speak”.

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