Gay marriage may soon run out of steam as a political issue in the states, but there's little danger that a ceasefire is imminent in the culture wars. If this year's Arkansas governors' race is any indication, the next big issues may be gay foster parenting and gay adoption. The reason the marriage issue is running its course is that once states amend their constitutions to define marriage as between a man and a woman, there's not much left to do. Nineteen states already ban gay marriage in their constitutions and at least six more will be voting on the issue this fall. In contrast, the vast majority of states currently allow gay foster parenting and gay adoption, but as the Human Rights Campaign's descriptions of adoption laws show , in many cases state policies are murky. That's a recipe for legislation and litigation.
Many States Still Prohibit Gay Adoption
Same-sex Parents and Their Children
For the last three decades, about half of all marriages have ended in divorce, and many of these couples had children. The law concerning parental rights and access to children after divorce has shifted and changed through state law and modern trends. The chief consideration for court decisions involving contested custody and parental responsibility today is what arrangement is in the best interest of the child, or children, involved. When the Supreme Court decided Obergefell v.
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Gay and Lesbian Parents
February 21, Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a universal right in , the rules governing child placement vary widely from state to state. Some say that the way forward is to set aside differences and focus on a common desire to help children. The irony of the situation is that religious people and gay advocates are among those most interested in taking in children.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in Austria have advanced significantly in the 21st century. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Austria. Registered partnerships were introduced in , giving same-sex couples some of the rights of marriage. Stepchild adoption was legalised in , while full joint adoption was legalised by the Constitutional Court of Austria in January