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In spite of marriage equality, same-sex families still struggle

The United States Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that marriage equality would be the law of the land. In spite of this landmark ruling, there are still pockets of resistance against same-sex families. New York has passed many laws that afford these couples protection, but even here, there are still incidents involving discrimination.

According to the most recent polls, the majority of American residents support same-sex couples. The trouble stems more from politicians and the laws and practices that some states are attempting to pass. In some circumstances, it is feared by advocates that children can be harmed by some state policies when a non-biological parent is denied parental rights or if a child is denied medical care or insurance due to policies that do not recognize same-sex partner benefits.

Other areas of conflict that have arisen are the laws that are permitting agencies to discriminate against same-sex families as adoptive or foster parents. There have been a handful of states that have passed laws that legalize the right to deny applications of qualified prospective parents based on religious convictions. It is feared that these laws may lead to private businesses refusing to serve these families on the basis of religious views.

In addition to the laws that some states have already approved, there has been discussion of a federal law that would permit health care providers to choose which patients to treat and whether certain procedures could be withheld based on religious beliefs which could endanger the lives of those who live in isolated areas with limited health care options. There is still a long way to go in ensuring that all same-sex families receive equal treatment. New York residents who have encountered difficulties in adoption or other family law matters are entitled to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney.

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