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This week in adoption, two stories to report; both regarding gay adoption.
Tennessee has introduced legislation establishing legal grounds for adoption agencies to refuse service to couples seeking to adopt based on religiously held beliefs. If approved, the legislation is designed to use religious beliefs to deny service.
Sony pictures just purchased the rights to distribute an Argentinean film on a gay couple’s adoption journey. The film will first be distributed in three Latin American territories; talks continue for a wider distribution.
Seventy-Eight US Congress members signed this letter and support this legislation permitting discrimination exemptions for religious U.S. adoption agencies. If signed into law, any religious adoption agency could cite the law to deny service to U.S. citizens, including the intended target: same-sex adopting couples.
According to this article, gay adoption supporter Jeff Bezos just donated $10,800 to Anti-Gay Adoption Colorado Senator weeks after opening an Amazon warehouse in Colorado.
According to this article, Russian law bans single parents and same-sex couples from adopting. Russian children account for half of all foreign children adopted in Israel. It appears that Israel and Russia have just reached a formal agreement that same-sex couples in Israel will not be able to adopt Russian children.
Here’s a recent federal case wherein an United States citizen in the military followed the proper procedures to bring their foreign-born fifteen year old neice to the United States for adoption, but the family then missed the age 16 deadline to file for adoption. As a result of the missed adoption filing deadline, a Federal Judge just ruled that the child must leave the United States.
A federal lawsuit to block Michigan from contracting or funding faith-based agencies that forbid assisting same-sex families adopt survived a motion to dismiss filed by the State of Michigan and a faith-based adoption agency.
United States District Judge Paul Borman’s ruling will now allow the case to move forward to consider blocking any state funding to faith-based adoption agencies who reject same-sex families.
U.S. Families seeking to adopt foreign born children are strongly encouraged to consult with U.S. adoption and U.S. immigration attorneys prior to pursuing adoption. The legal adoption in the foreign country or U.S. will not confer automatic citizen and you could run into a serious problem wherein your child may be deported. Here’s an article about a recent family living through this nightmare.
According to this article, the State of Illinois may offer a state adoption tax credit promoting adoption.
Warning: Technology may outlast your relationship. The State of Arizona now says according to this article that if you create frozen embryos and later have a change of heart, whoever wishes to use the embryos may do so even if the other intended parent disagrees.
Actress Sofia Vergara is fighting a similar dispute in a different state arguing that she should not be forced to become a parent with embryos created with an ex years ago.
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