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Fallout continues in response to Canada's detrimental legislation known as the Assisted Human Reproduction Act - enacted in 2004. The prohibition has forced prospective gay and lesbian parents to ship sperm and fly egg donors from the U.S., and pay egg donors through U.S. agencies.
A Pulaski County circuit judge has overturned Arkansas’ law banning unmarried couples living together from adopting or fostering children.
Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said Initiated Act One, passed by voters in 2008, constituted an unwarranted invasion of privacy. The law effectively banned gays from adopting or fostering children because they are unable to legally marry in Arkansas.
QUESTION: "I'm a single gay man who wants to work with a gestational surrogate. Since I don't have a partner to ask, I'm hoping you can help me explore the issue. How can I be sure to make a perfect match for me? What characteristics should I look for when getting to know prospective surrogates? What questions should I ask myself - and her - (and possibly her husband)?"
Two Texas moms got married in Massachusetts but separated in 2007. They worked out a custody arrangement for their 4 1/2-year old adopted son - but the state of Texas says a same-sex marriage can't be dissolved with a divorce there because Texas doesn't offer marriage equality.
The Associated Press reports:
A lesbian couple have become the first same-sex parents in Britain to jointly sign the birth certificate of their child. Natalie Woods and Betty Knowles countersigned the document after the birth of Lily-May Betty Woods. Lily-May was born after Woods from East Sussex became pregnant via a sperm donor.
Michigan's Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen McCarthy ruled that Renee Harmon’s [right] request for parenting time with her ex-partner of 19 years, Tammy Davis [left], can proceed to an evidentiary hearing to determine if they had an agreement to share custody of the children. During the relationship, Davis had three children through artificial insemination. Harmon said she cut the children’s umbilical cords, helped raise them and, in all respects, was a parent.
ProudParenting member - scottmhines - has won a seat on the Rancho Mirage, California City Council in a tight race that may include a recount. The win came despite being targeted by automated robo-calls and flyers distributed to the city's 9,500 residents insinuating that having a gay man on city council would "infect the city's government."
Obama has ordered most hospitals in the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples.
In a memo to his Health and Human Services agency, the President wrote, "...uniquely affected are gay and lesbian Americans, who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives."
Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee shared his ignorance and bigotry about gay parents with a College of New Jersey student publication.
"I think this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change the basic fundamental definitions of family," Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, said.
Florida is the only state in the country that doesn't allow gay people to adopt - but the city commission of West Palm Beach took a stance against the ban by voting unanimously to support its repeal.
State representative Mary Brandenburg has co-sponsored a bill in the Florida legislature that would repeal the ban.
Lake Worth and Wilton Manors previously passed similar resolutions supporting the repeal.