Saturday, April 19, 2014

[USA] "Robert Oscar Lopez Takes Anti-Gay Parenting Campaign To Bryan Fischer"

Joe My God is reporting that "Homocon horcrux Robert Oscar Lopez took his anti-gay parenting campaign to Bryan Fischer's show yesterday to declare that "in the future, all children will be defined by which parent acquired them." 

Watch More about the Crazy at Joe My God

Thursday, April 17, 2014

[New Zealand] - Congratulations on 1 Year of Marriage Equality

[Russia] - "Russia to ban gay surrogacy" by WeCareSurrogacy

"The Russian Government has planned to proscribe Gay singles from hiring a surrogate to have kids. This issue is widely being discussed in the international surrogacy market. However, Russia Law terms Gay marriage as illegal, the complete ban on them to have surrogate children could discomfort them a little. There are certain groups in Russia, which demand a complete ban on surrogacy as it would lead to encourage fertile parents even to rent a womb to avoid the pain.

The proposed law that prohibits Gay singles could be approved soon and this renders gay singles to look for surrogacy in another nation where surrogacy for singles is allowed. This will confirm once the bill is passed and the details are open to public domain. If it allows gay singles to take part in international surrogacy in other nations. Then, Surrogacy in Thailand would be the best option, it is the only nation in the world with world class infrastructure to help infertile without any restriction".

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[USA] - "Ohio Marriage Ruling Stayed, Except for Plaintiffs" by Sunnivie Brydum

Federal judge Timothy Black granted a stay on his ruling striking down Ohio's marriage recognition ban, but ordered the state to issue birth certificates listing both married same-sex parents to the four plaintiff couples.

A federal judge who struck down Ohio's constitutional prohibition on recognizing legal same-sex marriages performed in other states agreed Wednesday to place a hold on his ruling while the state appeals, reports Equality on Trial.

But the four same-sex couples who filed suit are exempt from that stay, meaning the state must recognize their existing marriages as legal. Ohio officials must immediately issue corrected birth certificates to each of the married same-sex couples, listing both spouses as the parents of each child, according to the Associated Press.

Read More at the Advocate

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[USA] - "Children of homosexuals more apt to be homosexuals? A reply to Morrison and to Cameron based on an examination of multiple sources of data".

This is a bit old (2010) but it is getting another run in Social Media. The piece that appeared in J Biosoc Sci. 2010 Nov;42(6):721-42 looks dodgy.

Abstract: Ten narrative studies involving family histories of 262 children of gay fathers and lesbian mothers were evaluated statistically in response to Morrison's (2007) concerns about Cameron's (2006) research that had involved three narrative studies. Despite numerous attempts to bias the results in favour of the null hypothesis and allowing for up to 20 (of 63, 32%) coding errors, Cameron's (2006) hypothesis that gay and lesbian parents would be more likely to have gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure (of sexual orientation) sons and daughters was confirmed. Percentages of children of gay and lesbian parents who adopted non-heterosexual identities ranged between 16% and 57%, with odds ratios of 1.7 to 12.1, depending on the mix of child and parent genders. Daughters of lesbian mothers were most likely (33% to 57%; odds ratios from 4.5 to 12.1) to report non-heterosexual identities. Data from ethnographic sources and from previous studies on gay and lesbian parenting were re-examined and found to support the hypothesis that social and parental influences may influence the expression of non-heterosexual identities and/or behaviour. Thus, evidence is presented from three different sources, contrary to most previous scientific opinion, even most previous scientific consensus, that suggests intergenerational transfer of sexual orientation can occur at statistically significant and substantial rates, especially for female parents or female children. In some analyses for sons, intergenerational transfer was not significant. Further research is needed with respect to pathways by which intergenerational transfer of sexual orientation may occur. The results confirm an evolving tendency among scholars to cite the possibility of some degree of intergenerational crossover of sexual orientation.

Read More at PubMed

Also more at Wintery Knight

[USA] - "Same-Sex Marriage — A Prescription for Better Health" by Gilbert Gonzales

The past year has proved to be a pivotal one for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. When 2013 began, same-sex couples were allowed to marry only in 9 states plus Washington, D.C., and even when they were legally married by states, the federal government did not recognize their relationships, in accordance with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As of February 2014, same-sex couples can legally wed in 17 states (and enter civil unions or domestic partnerships in 3 others), and their unions are federally recognized, thanks to a set of court decisions and new laws passed by state legislatures legalizing same-sex marriage.

Nevertheless, approximately 60% of the population and many LGBT people live in the 33 states that still deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Though the issue remains stuck in political gridlock in Washington, growing public opinion in support of same-sex marriage is expected to lead to its reconsideration by more states in 2014. Shifting attitudes may reflect the fact that a growing number of Americans now have a close friend or family member who identifies as LGBT. Although the most central issues raised by the public discourse regarding marriage are moral and rights-oriented, there are also health-related issues at stake: legalizing same-sex marriage can improve health and access to health care for LGBT people.

A 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine on the health of LGBT persons identified substantial disparities in health and access to health care for sexual and gender minorities. Many LGBT people of all ages report worse physical and mental health outcomes than heterosexual and non-transgender populations, largely as a result of the stress caused by being a member of a stigmatized minority group or because of discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender nonconformity. Discriminatory environments and public policies stigmatize LGBT people and engender feelings of rejection, shame, and low self-esteem, which can negatively affect people's health-related behavior as well as their mental health. LGBT people living in states that ban same-sex marriage, for instance, are more likely than their counterparts in other states to report symptoms of depression, anxiety, and alcohol use disorder.

Read More at NEJM

By: Gilbert Gonzales, M.H.A. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1373-1376 April 10, 2014 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1400254  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Malta] - Malta adopts same-sex civil union law

Today Maltese parliament adopted same-sex civil union law thus making Malta the 22nd European country to legally recognise same-sex unions and 10th country in Europe to allow same-sex couples to jointly apply for child adoption.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

[USA] - Utah Moves to Block Gay Adoptions

In a move that is not unexpected, but still incredibly nasty and shortsighted, Utah has moved to block adoptions by gay couples in the state.

While the fate of gay marriage in Utah remains unclear, so too does the status of adoptions of children by gay couples granted following Judge Robert J. Shelby’s decision back in December that struck down the Beehive State's ban on same-sex marriage. As Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City reports, the Utah Attorney General’s office has filed emergency petitions this week with the state Supreme Court, “asking the court to deny orders from judges who have already approved the adoptions”:

In one petition, the state argued that 3rd District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills’ decision “authorizes the department to violate the plain text of the Utah Constitution and Utah law prohibiting recognition of same-sex marriage…”

They went on to say, “The trial court abused its discretion.”

Read More at Towleroad

Friday, April 11, 2014

[US] - "Utah backs away from anti-gay-parenting study" by Dale Carpenter

Last night, on the eve of oral argument today in Kitchen v. Herbert, the Tenth Circuit challenge to Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, the state filed an unusual letter distancing itself from a controversial study that questioned the parenting abilities of gay men and lesbians in comparison to married biological fathers and mothers. The state had cited the study, produced by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, in two footnotes in its opening brief to the court submitted earlier this year. In light of what Utah called “recent press reports and analysis” of the Regnerus paper (presumably including a federal district court decision dismissing Regnerus’s views as ”not worthy of serious consideration”), the state thought it important to “supplement” its initial brief in two respects.

First, Utah said that its “principal concern” in the same-sex marriage litigation is that allowing gay couples to wed might harm “the children of heterosexual parents.” (emphasis original) In other words, the state is not claiming that allowing same-sex marriage might somehow harm the children of gay couples. The comparison of outcomes for children in same-sex couple households and opposite-sex couple households, argued the state, “has little if any bearing on” the welfare of children being raised by opposite-sex couples “given that being raised in a same-sex household would normally not be one of the alternatives available to children of heterosexual parents.”  The unstated corollary is that being raised by a married biological mother and father would not normally be one of the alternatives available to children of same-sex parents.

Read More at Washington Post

[US] - "My 5 Biggest Fears About Surrogacy (And How I Overcame Them)" by Jerry Mahoney

When my partner Drew and I decided to have a baby, we had so many reservations about surrogacy, we initially didn’t even consider it.

As we investigated other routes to parenthood for same-sex couples, we learned that every method involves its own pitfalls, heartbreaks and great expense, so there was no easy road to choose.

Most foreign countries with a surplus of adoptable children don’t allow gays to adopt. Domestic adoption is complicated, too. Some birth mothers reconsider their decision to give up their baby, leaving would-be parents crushed. Foster children can be reunited with their own families. Even when you’re raising a kid who’s been with you since birth, legal struggles can tie up your parental rights for years.

We eventually realized that, no matter which path we chose, the road ahead would be bumpy.

That’s when we gave surrogacy a more serious look, and we found that the main fears that scared us away from it were all unfounded.

Here’s what we were afraid of — and what we learned.

1. FEAR: The surrogate will want to keep the baby.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

[Australia] - Adoption Equality in Victoria - Love Makes A Family

Adoption law reform in Victoria will ensure that children living in rainbow families have their rights and best interests upheld.  

To find out more visit and like the Facebook page and visit Rainbow Families.  We need all rainbow families to support this.

[US] - "Why Do I Have Two Daddies?" by Frank Lowe

"Why do I have two daddies" or "two mommies" is an inevitable question that children of gay parents will ask. See how our parenting writer, Frank Lowe, approaches this issue to try to make it no big deal at all.

One of the things I love most about children is the fact that they are born free of any prejudice. Kids only gain prejudice because of their parents or other outside influences. I take pride in knowing that my son will be as prejudice-free as possible, and we have him enrolled in an incredibly diverse school. One thing kids do, though, is notice differences. They are incredibly sharp at discovering them and pointing them out. In fact, my son was only 3 years old when he bluntly asked us at lunch one day, “Why do I have two daddies?”

Read More at the Advocate

[UK] - "Surrogacy: 10 things you should know" by Claire Wood, Lawyer, Kingsley Napley LLP

Same-sex marriage may now be legal, but surrogacy remains a legal minefield in the UK.

Surrogacy is an increasingly popular route to parenthood for gay couples, enabling them to have a child genetically connected to one of them.  UK based couples should, however, be fully aware of the legal implications (at home and abroad) before embarking on the surrogacy journey.

Here are my top ten need-to-know pointers if you are considering surrogacy:

1. The  availability of surrogates in the  UK is limited – in part due to the legal restrictions on advertising  for surrogacy.
2. Surrogacy contracts/agreements are NOT enforceable in the UK.
3. Because  of the limitations of surrogacy in the UK, many couples go abroad.  There is an ever increasing number of  countries with surrogacy industries. The most popular, gay friendly, surrogacy market continues to be California   in the US, but Thailand and Mexico also offer surrogacy for gay  couples.  India and Russia do not allow gay surrogacy.  It is critical  to research the particular  country’s views on gay surrogacy BEFORE you enter into an arrangement  in that country.

Read More at FyneTimes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

[NZ] - "Rainbow Family to Meet William and Kate" by Cec Busby

A rainbow family will be amongst those introduced to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their next public engagement in New Zealand.

Ten families from a playgroup run by New Zealand parent support group, Plunket, will be introduced to Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George when the royals tour a play group facility in New Zealand.

Amongst the group chosen to meet the royals is a single mum and gay dads, Jared and Ryan Mullens, whose daughter Isabella was born within a few weeks of Prince George.

It is thought the visit will be the first time Prince George has had the opportunity to mingle with a large group of babies.

The families said they were looking forward to swapping stories on the trials of parenthood.

All of the babies who will meet Prince George were born within a few weeks of his birthday on July 22 last year.

Read More at GNN

[Australia] - "Research shows IVF adults are as healthy as the rest of us"

MICHAEL Dwyer never planned on becoming a dad at 25. He was conceived by IVF himself and he always assumed he would have fertility problems, so an accidental pregnancy with long-term partner Katie was never on the cards.

“I didn’t 100 per cent know I couldn’t have kids, but I just thought because dad struggled I would probably struggle too,” Mr Dwyer said.

But along came Willow, and the miracle of natural conception took this dad by surprise.

“It’s beautiful, we weren’t trying, it was definitely not planned but he is amazing. I’m very happy,” Mr Dwyer said.

The small business owner from Grafton is a walking ­example of the results found in a study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

It found people who were conceived through IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have grown up into healthy adults.

The world’s largest study of people conceived via IVF found they compared well to those conceived naturally.
The study looked at 547 IVF-conceived adults aged ­between 18 and 29 years and compared them to 549 naturally conceived adults.

The research revealed similarities in weight, the onset of puberty and educational outcomes, quashing fears that IVF-produced children were more prone to health problems.

Although mothers reported a higher rate of hospitalisation, asthma and hayfever in children conceived via ART, there was no evidence of increased rates of attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder among ART children.

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