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Same-sex families take part in celebrations for Adoption Day

For the past 32 years, the nation's capital has celebrated families who have made the choice to open their families to children in need. The most recent celebration of Adoption Day included two same-sex families who were formalizing adoptions of their own. Though many states still make it difficult for these families to welcome adopted children, New York has laws that work to protect these families.

Bishop defies new directive that allows same-sex marriages

The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended the right to marry to same-sex couples was intended to ensure that the same protections afforded to heterosexual couples also applies to gay and lesbian couples. Several years later, these rights are still under attack by certain segments of society, including some religious institutions. One New York bishop of a prominent religion stated that his parish would not allow same-sex marriages.

Same-sex couples concerned about protecting marriage rights

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage deserved the same protections as those afforded heterosexual couples. However, that ruling came from a supreme court that had a slightly different composition. The justice who often held the swing vote in more controversial topics recently retired. It is likely that same-sex couples in New York and elsewhere worry what a new justice may bring to the table.

Adminstration to deny visas to unmarried same-sex UN partners

The U.S. Supreme Court, in 2015, extended marriage protections to same-sex couples. Nevertheless, when it comes to same-sex partners, many countries refuse to give legal rights to these couples. Following a recent announcement from the current administration concerning enforcement of certain immigration policies, some same-sex partners in New York who are attached to the United Nations may face deportation.

Judge rules that cases concerning same-sex adoption can move on

The Supreme Court decision to extend constitutional protections to same-sex married couples has not ended the struggles that many of these families are still facing. When it comes to same-sex adoption and parental rights, there remains much work to be done. New York families have many protections under state laws, but there are still situations when these couples encounter difficulties.

The road to legal same-sex marriage was long with many u-turns

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court finally settled the legal question of whether gay marriage would be the law of the land. This ruling came after a long and winding route that the issue traveled throughout the many state courts. Though New York ruled that same-sex marriages were legal in 2011, even here, the issue went back and forth for several years.

Divorce and finances may be more complex in same-sex divorce

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality, it also cleared the way for couples in a same-sex relationship to dissolve their union legally. However, the process of getting to the final decree may be a bit more complex when it comes to a same-sex divorce. New York residents do have laws that offer protection, but it may still take time to reach a satisfactory settlement agreement.

25-year study shows no harmful effect of same-sex marriage

The New England Journal of Medicine is a distinguished publication that is revered for its in-depth peer-reviewed articles. As such, it is often quoted when researchers are able to produce note-worthy results after years of collecting data through investigative efforts. One such study may finally bring validation to same-sex families here in New York that shows no correlation between children raised by same-sex parents and any mental health deficits.

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.

Advocates believe same-sex adoption will be headed to top court

In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality for same-sex couples would be the law of the land. Since then, there have been small pockets of resistance in a handful states in the form of passing laws that would allow some religious agencies to discriminate against same-sex adoption applications. New York does have laws that provide protections for these couples; however, many advocates believe that the issue will be headed to the top court for a definitive decision.