Monday, March 21, 2016

LGBT Adoptions Federal Support

A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shows increasing national support for adoptions by LGBT parents. The National Survey on Family Growth which studies attitudes toward a broad range of social issues, including those impacting our LGBT community shows support for adoption by same gender parents is up from 55% to 75% among women & from 47% to 68% among men. Cathy Sakimura, National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Law Director stated, “The Department of Health & Human Services report reflects the growing support for the LGBT community that we have seen over the last decade. As more people learn about LGBT families, they have learned about loving families & that same gender parents & their children deserve dignity & respect, just like any family. Over the last 10 years, the stories of same gender parents & their children have been widely shared through media & social conversation across the country & many more people personally know families with same gender parents.” Earlier this month we reported that NCLR made history when the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed Alabama’s refusal to recognize a lesbian mother’s prior adoption of her three children in Georgia. Since its start in 1977 NCLR has reshaped the legal landscape for LGBT parents & their families through its precedent-setting litigation, legislation & public education initiatives.
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