LGBT Adoption

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LGBT Adoption
Thomas Gregorcyk
Ottawa University
LGBT Adoption
New Jersey’s statewide parenting legislation espouses a progressive stance on the matters of same-sex parenting and child care in the processes of adoption and foster parenting. The Garden State allows for same-sex adoption; allows single homosexuals to adopt; and allows second parent same-sex adoption (Lifelong Adoptions, 2013). New Jersey has passed progressive laws and policies that prohibit discrimination charged against LGBT individuals in the adoption process (Lifelong Adoptions, 2013).
New Jersey state law also bans
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History of LGBT Adoption Rights
Social movements and countercultures during the 1960’s and 1970’s emerged and challenged institutionalized oppression. The Civil Rights movement addressed the plight of African Americans in a viciously racist society. LGBT rights and the feminist movement actively subverted traditional gender norms through political activism (Rauch,2005). The American public’s disapproval of the Vietnam War served as the political platform to advance anti-war, civil rights, feminist, and LGBT political agendas in the increasing struggle for equal rights in a discriminatory inequitable society (Brodzinsky & Pertman, 2012).
The social movements of the 60’s and 70’s impacted the traditional views of adoption in the United States. The trend of challenging the dominant society’s oppressive social structures that best represent the interests of the dominant group, influenced society to question adoption laws during the 1970’s (Hicks, 1998).
Much like today, openly LGBT applicants were barred from adoption. The majorities of the cases was and still are second-parent adoptions, in which the biological parent is the legal guardian and their life partner petitions the state court to adopt (Montana, 2009). Adopting a child that is unrelated to either partner is still difficult in contemporary society; however, it is no longer illegal in most states (Brodzinsky &
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