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Same-Sex Parenting in the Land of Dykes

Blogging Baby reports today on some new statistics about lesbian and gay couples in the Netherlands. The number of such couples either married or in a registered partnership is on the rise, although they comprise just over 1% of all cohabiting couples in the country. While about 9% of such couples have children, this represents […]

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Arkansas Appeals Revocation of Lesbian and Gay Foster-Parent Ban

An Arkansas state appellate court is now reviewing a law that bans foster parents from having “adult homosexuals” in their households. The law was struck down last year, but the state is appealing the decision. What amuses me here is the attached definition of a “homosexual” as “any person who voluntarily and knowingly engages in […]

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Children Can Wed in Georgia, but Not Adult Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples can’t marry in Georgia, but children can, as long as they have unprotected premarital sex and conceive a child. This nearly forgotten Georgia law came to light last week when a 37-year-old woman was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. The woman had wed the boy several days before, […]

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Supreme Court Says Parents Bear Burden of Proof in Special-Education Cases

The Supreme Court ruled today, 6-2, that parents who challenge the adequacy of a disabled child’s “individualized education program” have the burden of proving it inadequate. The two dissenting justices felt that conversely, the school district should have to prove a program’s adequacy in such cases. While much of the current press surrounding Supreme Court […]

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“In My Shoes” Documentary by Children of GLBT Parents

This weekend marked the 18th annual “Creating Change” conference sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Among other things, the conference included a screening of “In My Shoes,” a half-hour movie produced by middle and high school-aged members of COLAGE, about their experiences as children of same-sex parents. I haven’t seen the film […]

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