Survey asks child advocates about treatment of gay couples

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Less than a quarter of the court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children surveyed by state auditors said that prospective same-sex parents are treated differently than heterosexual couples in the state’s foster care system.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that the former head of the state Department for Children and Families said in a response that the survey fails to support allegations of LGBT bias. But the leader of the state’s most prominent LGBT group said it hopes the report persuades lawmakers to order a more thorough audit of the foster care system.

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Court grants full parental rights to unmarried gay woman

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BOSTON (AP) – The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that an unmarried gay woman whose former girlfriend gave birth to two children through in vitro fertilization has the same parental rights as their biological mother.

Julie Gallagher gave birth to the children, and her former partner, Karen Partanen, has helped raise them.

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North Carolina’s religious objection law in court

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina’s magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Aug. 8 in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit altogether. Separately, Republican legislative leaders and some magistrates also want to be added as defendants as the case, saying they don’t trust Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper to defend the state law.

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Same-sex couples set to legally marry in Colombia

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Bogota (AP) – Colombia’s highest court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation.

Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But the ruling by the Constitutional Court for the first time allows them to wed the same as heterosexual couples.

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Conference highlights family options for lesbian couples

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Boston (AP) – Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A “two-mom” approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role. One woman’s eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.

A New York doctor described 18 of these cases Oct. 15 at a fertility conference in Boston that featured other research on ways to help same-sex couples have children. Dr. Alan Copperman is medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates, a New York City clinic that does the “two-mom” approach.

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