History of Same-Sex Adoption
Same-Sex adoption is such a massive part of the adoption industry today that it’s almost hard to believe that being LGBTQ+2 was looked down upon at one point in time. Sadly, the history of same-sex adoption is a brief one. Most of the history can be traced to the last 40 years because, in the early 1980s when LGBT+2 movements just started to gain some traction, people didn’t want to talk about LGBTQ+2 rights. It was considered impossible for a same-sex couple, back then, to start a family with a child through adoption. When same-sex couples made some headway in the early 1990s couples started having children through fertility services like insemination and surrogacy. However, it remained illegal for many same-sex couples to adopt a child together because they could not get married. In many states’ adoption requirements for couples remained that the couple had to be legally married. It wasn’t until 2003 when one state changed everything.
Same-Sex Adoption battle in the Supreme Court
The first step towards equality in same-sex adoption came as individual states passed laws to make same-sex marriage legal, with Massachusetts becoming the first state to do so in 2003. Sadly, it took until 2015 before a case was brought to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging laws against LGBTQ+2 marriage in the United States. In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the federal court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, making it legal across all 50 states for same-sex couples to finally be united in marriage. This officially meant that no state could deny a same-sex couple adoption privileges once legally married. While there was some pushback from individual states like Mississippi, where in 2016, a federal judge overturned a Mississippi law banning adoption by a same-sex couple, there have been no legal issues since and adoption agencies all over the country can now work to create more loving families for all persons qualified.
Same-Sex Adoption at Adoptions From The Heart
In 2009 AFTH received its first seal of recognition from the HRC as a leader in serving LGBTQ+2 families. The HRC was founded with the goal of supporting congressional candidates who align themselves with fairness and equality regarding the LGBTQ+2 community. Over the last 30 years, HRC has established itself as a powerful force in the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights to obtain equality across the U.S. in all matters – particularly adoption. Here at Adoptions From The Heart, we welcome all different couples from all walks of life.