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The Right to Be ParentsLGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814739303

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814739303.001.0001

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(p.143) 5 When the State Discriminates

(p.143) 5 When the State Discriminates

(p.143) 5 When the State Discriminates
The Right to Be Parents

Carlos A. Ball

NYU Press

This chapter profiles cases involving children of so-called planned lesbian and gay families. In particular, it looks at lesbian and gay litigants in foster care and adoption cases who have sometimes found themselves in court battling government officials seeking to deny them the opportunity to become parents. It also considers the issue of gay teenagers who are placed under the care of gay foster parents and the contention of child welfare officials that lesbian and gay people are incapable of being good parents because of their same-sex sexual orientation and relationships. Finally, it examines how the courts have responded to adoption petitions, including those concerning joint adoptions and second-parent adoptions, brought by LGBT parents who were open about their sexual orientation.

Keywords:   children, foster care, adoption, gay teenagers, gay foster parents, courts, joint adoption, second-parent adoption, sexual orientation, LGBT parents

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