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NPR’s All Things Considered: Yes, Second-Parent Adoption Is Still a Good Idea

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NPR’s All Things Considered today aired a segment on second-parent adoption that you should go listen to right now if you’re not sure whether to do one, if you’re going to do one, or even if you’ve done one.

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Watch the Video on Adoption Discrimination that Fox News Found “Too Powerful”

Kids Pay the Price (Movement Advancement Project)

It’s no secret to most readers here that so-called “religious freedom” laws on adoption and foster care in several states are nothing more than permission to discriminate—often against LGBTQ prospective parents and LGBTQ youth, among others. The ultimate effect is that child welfare agencies are allowed to act in ways contrary to the best interests of the children in their care. When a leading LGBTQ equality think tank tried to place a 30-second ad about this on Fox News, however, the network refused to air it.

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Victory for Nonbio Mom in Arizona Case Stresses the Benefits to Children

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A nonbiological mother is a legal parent to the child she and her same-sex spouse conceived through assisted reproduction, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in a ruling that emphasized the benefits such recognition has for children. The ruling could also have an impact on at least one more pending case.

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Building Bridges in Disney World

My family and I took a trip to Disney World a few weeks ago (before the hurricane), an end-of-summer hurrah before our son started high school. The rides and entertainment still retain their magic for us—but on this trip, I was also thinking about how Disney both reflects and influences our society, and what that means in the current era for a queer family like ours.

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Australian Queer Parents Prepare for Marriage Ballot

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Australians will this week be taking part in a non-binding postal vote on letting same-sex couples marry. As in the United States’ battle on the issue, one of the arguments most often used by opponents of marriage equality is that it will harm children. Also as in the U.S., same-sex parents, our children, and allies are speaking out to say “Here’s the evidence that no, it doesn’t.”

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