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New Federal Report Shows Increasing Support of Same-Sex Adoptions

(San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2016)—A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows increasing national support for adoptions by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.

The National Survey on Family Growth, which studies attitudes toward a broad range of social issues, including those impacting the LGBT community, shows support for adoption by same-sex parents is up from 55 to 75 percent among women and from 47 to 68 percent among men.

“The Department of Health and Human Services report reflects the growing support for the LGBT community that we have seen over the last decade,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Law Director Cathy Sakimura. “As more people learn about LGBT families, they have learned about loving families and that same-sex parents and their children deserve dignity and respect, just like any family. Over the last 10 years, the stories of same-sex parents and their children have been widely shared through media and social conversation across the country, and many more people personally know families with same-sex parents.”

Since its start in 1977, NCLR has reshaped the legal landscape for LGBT parents and their families through its precedent-setting litigation, legislation, and public education initiatives. Earlier this month, NCLR made history when the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed Alabama’s refusal to recognize a lesbian mother’s prior adoption of her three children in Georgia.

Learn more about the report.


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