Those people who are unable to conceive a child of their own often turn to adoption. One cannot imagine the joy a family has once they have found an adoptive match and met their new family member. For one family, however, the heartbreak of losing their adoptive child to her biological father has sparked a child custody battle that challenges federal law regarding adoptions of Native American children and landed them in front of the Supreme Court. The court's decision on the federal law may have an impact on adoptions in every state, including Massachusetts.
There is generally much debate and discussion on the topic of marriage and how to make a marriage last. However, it's important to remember that in some circumstances, the best choice for each member of a couple is to go their separate ways. A recent study has shed some light on changes in the divorce rate in the state of Massachusetts. While the rate is one of the lowest in the country, census data has shown a recent increase over the last few years. In 2008, the rate was 2.0 divorces (in 1,000 people) which is much lower than the 2011 rate of 2.7.
The Supreme Court frequently rules on cases that have an impact on the nation as a whole. The country has been anxiously waiting for the Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, including states such as Massachusetts that currently allow it. Not only does the anticipated ruling have the potential to settle whether gay couples have the right to marry, it also has the potential of resolving issues resolving same-sex divorce.
As the Supreme Court is set to mull over the legality of same-sex marriage, the American Academy of Pediatrics has come out in further support of gay rights. The policy adopted by the organization of pediatricians was originally written by two Massachusetts doctors from Boston. In the statement, the organization strongly emphasizes its support of same-sex marriage, specifically civil unions. Additionally, they outlined their support for adoption rights and opportunities to be a foster parent for single gay people.