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Nebraska Supreme Court – Rejects State’s Ban on Gay Adoption; Holds It’s Akin to ‘White’s Only” Racial Discrimination

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.

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Osaka Becomes First Japanese City To Recognize Same-Sex Adoption

According to this blog, Osaka, Japan just became the first city in Japan to recognize same-sex adoption.

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Nixon US Supreme Court Pick Turns Down Court Over Adoption

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.

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San Francisco — City Employees Banned From Official Travel to South Dakota In Response to Anti-Gay Adoption Legislation

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.

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USA – Anti-Gay Adoption Bills Trending – Find Out How To Contact Your Representative

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.  

Click here to contact your representative.

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Florida – Recognition of Same-Sex Widow Prior to US Supreme Court Case Does Not Require Judicial Intervention

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.    

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AUSTRALIA — NEW SOUTH WALES — Roman Catholic Mother Cannot Overturn Gay Adoption Over Religious Beliefs After She Lost Her Parental Rights From Drug Use and Manslaughter of Her Other Child

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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Georgia — Governor Opposes Adoption Agency Discrimination Bill

According to this article, the Georgia Republican governor, Nathan Deal, has stated that he opposes the addition of a religious liberty provision in an otherwise “good” adoption bill.  Governor Deal vetoed a religious liberty provision last year.  

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Top Ten Adoption Tax Credit Facts to Consider

This article reviews the top ten adoption tax credit facts to consider.

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Trump Exectutive Orders — Impact on International Adoption and U.S. Citizenship

According to this article, parents of children adopted overseas are nervously and closely reexamining their adoption paperwork to confirm whether or not the current administration and U.S. government view their child as a citizen of the United States.

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