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State’s last witness says unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell
Detroit Free Press - 03/07/2014
Michigan’s gay marriage trial ended on an explosive note today, with the state’s final witness, Douglas Allen, saying he believes unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell. Allen is a Canadian economist who has researched 60 same-sex parenting studies during a 15-year period, and believes Michigan should uphold its ban on gay marriage. He argued that science is a long way from determining whether that family structure is good or bad for kids, and that messing with public policy would be premature.
State Supreme Court again rules that father’s consent necessary for adoption of his child
The Republic - 03/07/2014
For a second time, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a father who was intentionally misled about the birth of his child can stop the baby’s adoption.
Proposed Bill Would Let Unmarried Couples Adopt
Lincoln Journal Star - 03/07/2014
Donna Schiavone asked this question: If two unmarried people can accidentally have a child, does it make sense that two people can’t purposely adopt one, especially given all the children in foster care? The Omaha woman signed her name to a petition calling on senators to pass a bill (LB380) introduced by Omaha Sen. Sara Howard that would allow unmarried qualified families to jointly adopt. It would open more possibilities, including same-sex couples, for children waiting for a family. It would decrease the number of children in foster care and the amount of time spent in foster care. And that would save taxpayer money, the petition said.
With tweets: Hazel Park couple cheered following closing arguments of gay marriage trial
The Detroit News - 03/07/2014
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse walked out of the federal courthouse Friday to rousing applause from supporters to see them have their day in court. DeBoer talked through tears about the lengthy court trial based on she and Rowse’s challenge to the Michigan constitutional and adoption codes that blocks them from legally marrying and co-adopting one another’s adoptive children. “We’re hopeful we’ll be on the right side of history,” said DeBoer shortly after the closing arguments in the closely watched case that could end with a historic approval of same-sex marriage in Michigan. Rowse said the case was about “maintaining and protecting our children’s civil rights.”
Painful decision in 6 year custody fight
9 News Denver Colorado - 03/07/2014
Rob Manzanaras, a dad from Colorado has been waiting for a custody decision for six years. The length of time is one of the primary reason the decision is not what he hoped for. Manzanaras’ fight for his biological daughter started before she was born. The biological mom went to Utah to let a family member adopt the baby without his consent. A Utah Supreme Court justice called it “fraud.” Still, a judge in Colorado ruled there will be joint custody in the case with the adoptive parents in Utah having primary custody. Manzanaras says his daughter is the one who has been hurt the most. She didn’t know she was adopted until a judge ordered she be told Manzanares is her birth father.
‘Burger King Baby’ Trying to Find Birth Mom Who Abandoned Her
ABC News - 03/07/2014
Katheryn Deprill was just a few hours old when she was abandoned inside a Burger King restaurant in Allentown, Pa., in 1986. Now married and a stay-at-home mother of three children, the 27-year-old woman who became known nationally as “the Burger King baby” is on a mission to find her birth mother. Even though Deprill was adopted, she always had questions about her birth family. She is using Facebook currently to search for her birth mother. She was interviewed by ABC News where she was quoted stating “Everyone wants to know where they came from.”
Gay issues find increasing acceptance
The Washington Post - 03/06/2014
The results from the ABC National Political Poll show increasing support for gay issues. The results showed the public’s increased support with over 50 percent of poll takers having a supportive view on issues such as gay marriage, adoption, and parenting.
State Supreme Court weighs appeal in adoption case brought by Pennsylvania man
Salt Lake Tribune - 03/05/2014
An attorney for a Pennsylvania man told the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday that the state should not allow “forum shopping” by birth mothers who simply are trying to avoid complying with adoption law in their home states.
Same-sex adoption status has parents & judges confused & fearful
Salt Lake City Weekly - 03/05/2014
In the final week of February, the Utah Attorney General filed memorandums with courts indicating that any adoptions by same-sex parents should be paused until the larger case on gay marriage, pending before a federal district court, can be decided.
Captain America Does It Again! Troubling International Adoption Legislation (CHIFF)
Huffington Post - 03/04/2014
“There is one issue on which all Americans agree, every child needs a family.” This is the slogan used by the supporters of the proposed legislation Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) on their website. The law focuses on solutions for the so-called world orphan problem. Who could be against that platitude? We love Captain America who goes out in the word to save it. And do good for 200 million orphans! But let’s also see what he has in his wallet. He has, says the website “a small portion of $2 billion the U.S. Government already spends on assistance programs for children internationally.”