In , Arkansas voters enacted a ballot measure preventing unmarried couples who were living together from adopting children. The law did not explicitly state sexual orientation, but since same-sex couples could not legally be married, this measure effectively prevented them from ever being able to adopt, except as single individuals. This led to a situation where the choice to cohabit or be intimate outside of marriage would if discovered by the state, effectively preclude them from the possibility of adoption. The measure was overturned in by the state Supreme Court as a violation of privacy of both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Then, in , when same-sex marriage became legal nationwide, the question became less complicated, as now LGBT couples who are married enjoy the same rights as anyone else, including the ability to adopt.
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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Well-known figures are discussing their sexual orientation in public. Gay and lesbian people are featured in movies and on television - not as novelty characters, but as full participants in society. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBT people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life. No federal law prevents a person from being fired or refused a job on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Since then, the number of children adopted by lesbian, gay, bi or trans parents has grown year on year. CoramBAAF research showed that while most heterosexual couples expected to become parents as a matter of course, this was less frequently the case for same-sex couples. This was particularly true of gay dads, many of whom thought their sexual identity was incompatible with parenthood — despite having always felt paternal.
At gay pride marches around the country this month, there will be celebrations of marriage, a national right that, at just two years old, feels freshly exuberant to many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. But while questions of marriage are largely settled, same-sex couples who choose to have children still face a patchwork of laws around the country that define who is and who can be a parent. This introduces a rash of complications about where L. Adoption laws, for example, can be extremely contradictory.