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Report that a Kentucky Judge issued an Order yesterday – April 27, 2017 – refusing to hear gay adoption cases because of his belief that the adoption is against a child’s best interest.
According to this article, three chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees signed a letter to Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly on April 10, 2017 voicing their support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act which would allow U.S. adoption agencies to legally exclude same-sex couples from consideration for adoption based on their “sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions.” The Bishops support carving out a religious exception to state anti-discrimination laws that would allow religious adoption agencies to continue to receive state dollars.
The three chairs are: (1) The chairman of the US Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; (2) the chair of the bishops’ Subcommittee for Defense and Promotion of Marriage; and (3) the Chairman of the Bishops Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.
The Nebraska Supreme Court released an opinion on Friday, April 7, 2017, denying the State’s request to reverse the Nebraska Judge’s holding that the State’s ban on gay adoption was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court also awarded legal fees in excess of $150,000 to attorneys representing the adoptive families, and clearly stated that a gay adoption ban was akin to ‘White’s Only” racial discrimination signs.
According to this blog, Osaka, Japan just became the first city in Japan to recognize same-sex adoption.
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According to this book, President Nixon considered Richard Harding Poff for a nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Poff wanted the seat but withdrew his name from consideration because he didn’t want the press writing about his son’s adoption believing his son was too young to understand. Poff gave up the seat and the press learned about and wrote about it anyway.
Here’s an article with audio recording where the Governor of South Dakota tries to explain why he feels the bill he signed allowing adoption agencies to discriminate is not anti-gay adoption in an attempt to convince states not to enact travel bans on South Dakota. The article also mentions that the State of California may soon follow San Francisco by banning all official State of California business travel to South Dakota.
According to this article, four states: Alabama, Georgia, South Dakota, and Tennessee have all sought to enact anti-gay adoption legislation by allowing state licensed adoption agencies to refuse service to gay couples. Citizens are urged to contact their representatives to voice their concern over this new trend.
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According to this article, a Federal Judge just ruled that the State of Florida improperly required widows and widowers in same-sex marriages to petition the Court for recognition on the death certificate if their spouse died prior to the date of the US Supreme Court decision declaring state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
While this does not directly relate to same-sex adoption, it is significant in showing some challenges that the State of Florida continues to seek to place on same-sex couples.
According to this article, a Roman Catholic mother in New South Wales Australia – who involuntarily lost her parental rights to her child based on drug use and the manslaughter of her other child – unsuccessfully argued to the New South Wales Supreme Court that her child could not be adopted by a lesbian couple because (a) the lesbian couple refused to raise the child Catholic given the Church’s position on gay relationships; and (b) it was against the Roman Catholic mother’s religious beliefs.
The Court did not disregard the arguments of the Roman Catholic mother, but instead decided the case on a multitude of factors that all focused on the best interest of the child.
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