Texas lawmakers advance anti-LGBT adoption, bathroom bills

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Under a threat from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of being called into a special session, the Texas Legislature late Sunday advanced two anti-LGBT measures — one pertaining to adoption, the other transgender students — with days remaining before lawmakers were set to adjourn.

The Texas Senate voted 21-10 to pass House Bill 3859, which would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to refuse to place children in homes over religious objections. Given that many of these agencies are religious in nature, that could lead to them refusing to place children with LGBT families.

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Kentucky judge won’t hear adoption cases if adults are gay

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky family court judge says he won’t hear any more adoption cases that involve gay adults.

The Courier-Journal reports Judge Mitchell Nance issued an order Thursday saying he believes that “under no circumstance” would “the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.”

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Alabama lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn LGBTQ couples

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers gave final approval April 25 to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with LGBTQ parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs.

The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

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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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