Over the last couple of decades, attitudes and laws have changed drastically for same-sex couples. For example, Massachusetts set the standard for several other states by legalizing same-sex marriage years ago. While other states followed suit, there are still almost 40 states that have not legalized marriage between same-sex couples. Unfortunately, such variance in state laws causes' mass confusion for same-sex couples, their employees, and, occasionally, their healthcare providers.
There have been huge gains made in the civil rights movement in the last 100 years. Knowing this, it is difficult to conceive that some people are still being discriminated against in modern times. Same-sex couples are still seeking equality. However, a bill soon to be presented to Congress will take a step in the right direction by banning discrimination in adoptions based on sexual orientation. While some states, such as Massachusetts, have laws allowing same-sex partner adoption, 39 states do not have laws that ban discrimination against the LGBT population.
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.
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.
Massachusetts families who are seeking to adopt a child are likely disheartened by the recently announced Russian ban on American adoptions of Russian children. The United States has a long history of adopting children from abroad, and this change in Russian policy will lead many to look elsewhere for their newest family members. Unfortunately, there are a number of American families that are currently in the middle of the adoption process for Russian children, and their family law needs have become far more complicated in recent weeks.
Family law matters in Massachusetts can involve many different types of issues, but a recent case involved an adoption is making national news and has led to a bitter child custody battle. The man at the heart of the battle is the little girl's biological father who claims his daughter was given up for adoption without his consent. Family law matters such as this one can be difficult for everyone involved, but the father is now fighting to regain custody of his little girl.
Massachusetts is one of the few states that recognize same-sex marriages and has since 2004. Unfortunately, the right to marry does not always bring with it other rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. One couple recently found out the difficulties that can arise in same-sex partner adoption, particularly when it comes to filing taxes.