Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a decree on Thursday banning gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage from adopting Russian children. The Russian government resolution is purportedly aimed at helping to "improve the procedure for the ...[read more]
The legal controversy over same-sex marriage has also implicated debate over the parental and adoption rights of homosexual couples. Although many states have yet to officially address the issue, several states have had notable legal conflicts.
In recent years, the courts have abrogated many ...[read more]
On May 4, 2010, the New York Court of Appeals ruled in two separate cases that a lesbian could assert her parental rights over the biological child of her partner and that a lesbian could legally seek child support from a former partner. The court issued the rulings five months after legislation ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Ziegler of Saint Louis University School of Law says that while a recent Iowa court decision may be a victory for the rights of same-sex parents, the arguments made in the public debate surrounding the case demonstrate a break from the goals of the early gay rights ...[read more]
The New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, issued two rulings Tuesday expanding the rights of nonbiological gay and lesbian parents. In one case, the court ruled 7-0 that a lesbian can assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner, reversing a lower court ...[read more]
Leading Monday's states brief, the California Supreme Court today extended child support laws and custody rights to estranged gay and lesbian couples who used reproductive science to conceive by ruling that same-sex couples who raise children are the lawful parents and must provide for the ...[read more]
California's Third District Court of Appeal Monday rejected a challenge to the state's domestic partnership law granting same-sex partners a body of rights almost identical to those enjoyed by the state's married couples, including automatic parental status and responsibility for each ...[read more]