The latest material added to the Australian Institute of Family Studies library database is displayed, up to a maximum of 30 items. Where available online, a link to the document is provided. Many items can be borrowed from the Institute's library via the Interlibrary loan system. Google Tag Manager. Same-sex parents and legal issues The latest material added to the Australian Institute of Family Studies library database is displayed, up to a maximum of 30 items. This article explores the views and experiences of lesbian parents living in rural Australia, regarding the decisions they made in creating their families, their expectations and understanding of their roles and relationships, their concepts of family and parenthood, and how they negotiate the complex legal frameworks under which they exist.
Annotated Bibliography Arnup, K. Out in this world: The social and legal context of gay and lesbian families. The journal examines recent custody and adoption cases in both the US ad Canada, in which the sexual orientation of the parents was a factor. This journal focuses on specific scenarios of successful gay adoption, whereas several journals listed below focus on the people who oppose adoption by gay couples. This journal is included in this research study because the success stories encourage same-sex couples to adopt. Badgett, M.
Gay parents are facing discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Twenty-two states currently allow single gays to adopt and 21 states currently allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt in the U. Mallon, , p. The ability of gay couples to rear a child should not be denied only because they are gay.
Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples.