Some same-sex parents can appear on Florida’s birth certificates

By : Jamie Hyman
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It looks like the Florida Department of Vital Statistics is taking a step toward making things right.

Although same-sex marriage has been legal in Florida since Jan. 6, 2015, the state has been dragging its feet when it comes to the rights of legally-married, same-sex parents to both appear on their children’s birth certificates.

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Supreme Court sides with lesbian mother in adoption case

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Washington (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled that Alabama’s top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother’s adoption of her partner’s children.

The justices threw out a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court in a dispute between two women whose long-term relationship ended bitterly.

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Should you marry? Watermark’s primer will answer many of your questions.

By : Tom Dyer
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Cliff and Dan fell in love three years ago. They were introduced by friends and had lots in common. Both were in their mid-50s and had previously been married to women; one was divorced, the other a widower. Both had supportive adult children. Both had successful careers and substantial assets, including separate homes. When they came to see me a few months before their wedding date, their playful banter was infectious. We laughed a lot.

Zoe and Kim also consulted with me before their nuptials. Zoe had a daughter, born during a previous relationship that ended badly. Kim was single and settled in a nice suburban home. A year after they met, Kim invited Zoe and her daughter to move in. The three of them were now a family, and their love and happiness were on full display at my office.

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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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UT study finds same-sex parents spend more quality time with their kids

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Same-sex parents spend more time with their kids than heterosexual couples, a new study conducted by the Population Research Center at the University of Texas found.

“Our findings support the argument that parental investment in children is at least as great – and possibly greater – in same-sex couples as for different-sex couples,” said Kate Prickett, lead author of the study, in a report posted on Child and Family Blog

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Gov. Scott Walker disagrees with Boy Scout decision, Democratic National Committee fights back

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a few choice words for the Boy Scouts July 13.

During the announcement of his campaign to run for the Republican nomination for President, Walker expressed his opinion after the decision was made to end the ban on LGBT Scout Leaders. 

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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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We’re all gay now, especially the kids, says Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver

By : Billy Manes
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We could go into great length about the crashing cymbals of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver’s head over the years, but why even bother? Fringes are for blouses or festivals. The backlash to the marriage ruling is officially here, and it’s probably best to not engage. However, when the kids are brought into the picture, as Staver once again has made a fact via his blurred Polaroid of decency, it’s worth pointing out. This weekend, rightwingwatch.org published a recording of Staver telling it as he sees it.

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“This has literally delegitimized the Supreme Court and we need to move forward and treat it as an illegitimate decision,” Staver said. “It’s not the rule of law. Neither will individuals nor should our government officials respect it as the rule of law, it is not.”

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As same-sex marriage spreads, ranks of gay dads increase

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Fatherhood has been exhilarating for Weston Clark, who put aside a teaching career to be a stay-at-home dad for a 4-year-old son and 17-month-old daughter adopted by him and his husband.

Yet Clark acknowledged some unease as he looks ahead to late August, when his son starts kindergarten in Salt Lake City.

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Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender, says ‘I am a woman’

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NEW YORK (AP) – In the 1970s, Bruce Jenner was a symbol of American masculinity as an Olympic champion. Nearly 40 years later, in an extraordinary television interview, Jenner told the world that he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since he was a little boy growing up in the New York suburbs.

Jenner let his hair down, literally loosening a ponytail and letting his hair flow past his shoulders, in a symbolic moment at the start of his two-hour interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that was televised April 24. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

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

By : Jamie Hyman
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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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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