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Chatterjee v. King

Bani Chatterjee and her partner, Taya King, were in a committed, long-term relationship and decided to raise a child together through international adoption. Because they could not adopt jointly due to discrimination against same-sex couples, only Taya legally adopted their child from abroad. Although Bani did not adopt their daughter, Taya and Bani co-parented their daughter, and Bani supported the family financially. Bani and Taya eventually ended their relationship after they had lived...

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Florida Department of Children and Families v. M.J.H.

V.A., a lesbian who lives in Florida with her partner, has been raising a baby boy, E.L.A., since nine days after he was born. He was placed with V.A. in part because she is a relative. After Florida’s Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) terminated the parental rights of E.L.A.’s birth mother, V.A. applied to adopt E.L.A. During a hearing to determine whether the adoption was in E.L.A.’s best interests, V.A.’s partner, family members, friends,...

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Margaret K. v. Janice M.

Margaret K. and Janice M. adopted a daughter during their committed relationship of 17 years. Because they adopted their daughter from India, which does not allow unmarried couples to adopt, only Janice adopted the child, but she and Margaret raised their daughter together. When their daughter was 7, Margaret and Janice separated and Janice refused to allow Margaret to see their daughter. An intermediate appellate court found that Margaret has a parent-child relationship with her daughter and...

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Coalition for Fair Adoption Announces Launch

Celebrates National Adoption Day Around the State (Tampa, FL, November 19, 2004) — Child welfare, social justice and faith organizations today announced the launch of the Coalition for Fair Adoption, a coordinated effort to repeal Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban-the only such law in the country. The new coalition represents 20 local, state, and national organizations working together to educate the public and the legislature about the harmful affect this law has on children. “We believe...

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