LGBT Families share advice

In The Advocate: 10 Tips for Starting LGBTQ Families

With the world changing rapidly (as it always is) and LGBTQ families becoming more and more common, there’s still a need for sharing our stories and our advice. Talking about who we are, how we got here, and what we’re experiencing, is an important way to support each other. Parenting is hard enough, parenting as
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Mississippi Same-Sex Couples Ask Court To Order Equal Adoption Rights

A motion seeking a preliminary injunction was filed Friday by two married couples with children in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Mississippi Department of Human Services, the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law banning adoption by same-sex couples. Mississippi is the only state left in the nation that bans gay couples from adopting without
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Yahoo: ‘Families Like Ours:’ When Kids and Same-Sex Parents Come Together in One of America’s Gayest Towns

For a lesbian family living in a small Midwestern farming town — West Point, Ind., population 594 — the Buckles-Rausch clan is extremely fortunate: They have a close group of friends, supportive families, nondiscriminatory work environments, and an open and affirming church where moms Angie Buckles and Annie Rausch were just married, on July 11,
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LISTEN: NPR: Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Americans Remain Split On Same-Sex Marriage

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: More reaction now on today’s historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The announcement set off a party atmosphere among the hundreds of people gathered outside of the court. LUDDEN: Same-sex marriage supporters say they, too, have more work to do. Gabriel Blau of the Family Equality Council says discrimination against gays
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LGBTQ Plight Highlighted During National Adoption Month

Family Equality Council has announced its 2014 “Allies for Adoption” Campaign to coincide with National Adoption Month in November. The initiative will draw attention to the obstacles LGBTQ people confront when trying to secure legal ties for their families. In the majority of states across the country, LGBTQ people encounter barriers when trying to adopt
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Washington Blade: McAuliffe: Gay adoption now legal in Va.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday announced gay couples can now adopt in Virginia. The McAuliffe administration noted the legalization of same-sex marriage in the commonwealth on Monday in a bulletin to the Virginia Department of Social Services. “Now that same-sex marriage in Virginia is officially legal, we owe it to all Virginians to ensure that
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The Advocate: Gabriel Blau Is a Dad Fighting for All Dads

In 2014, Gabriel was named one of The Advocate’s 40 Under 40 along with such luminaries as Janet Mock, Ellen Page, Mary Lambert, Nate Silver, Tyler Oakley, Frank Mugisha, Zack Ford, Kimberley McLeod. See all 40 here. Blau, 34, is one of the leading voices in reclaiming the word “family” from the right wing, which
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Bill proposed in Congress to reinforce discrimination in adoption services

Earlier this week Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) proposed legislation in the Senate and House that would allow child welfare services and adoption agencies to discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs. The bill proposes “To prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on
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New ‘religious freedom’ adoption bill criticized as being anti-LGBT

  New legislation introduced in both the House and Senate was criticized on Monday by national LGBT groups as a means to allow discrimination against same-sex couples seeking to adopt children. The bill, known as the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, was introduced last week by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) and Sen. Mike
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Obama Signs ENDA Workplace Protection Order

Presidential remarks from the East Room at the White House Monday morning kept the media on its feet concerning the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Although a little late to the party, President Obama quickly proceeded to the business at hand. “Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized,
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