Archive For The “LGBT Adoption” Category

WHYY Radio Times Discussion on Same-Sex marriage legalization in Pennsylvania

By | May 28, 2014

Today on WHYY’s Radio Times, Marty Moss-Coane hosted myself, one of my best friends and colleague, PA Rep Brian Sims, and someone I’ve known for way too long for just meeting in person, Law professor and author, John Culhane, discussing Judge Jones’ ruling legalizing same-same marriage in the Commonwealth. We chatted about Pennsylvania legalizing same-sex […]

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PhillyGayLawyer in Legal Intelligencer: Reflecting on Victories and Losses for LGBT Rights in 2013

By | January 13, 2014

Will 2014 be the year when opponents of progress will finally stand alone on the wrong side of history? The forecast looks cloudy, at best. But as I look back at 2013—the battles we’ve won and the battles we’ve lost—I see tremendous potential for advances in LGBT equality in the New Year.

It is always difficult to quantify progress in struggles for increased basic human rights. Looking at 2013 cumulatively, though, there is no doubt that the United States is picking up momentum and moving toward LGBT equality faster than ever.

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Only a broad ruling on gay marriage would affect Pennsylvania, which bans same-sex matrimony

By | March 27, 2013

  This article was written by Colby Itkowitz of the Call Washington Bureau and features Angela D. Giampolo, Philly Gay Lawyer. If anything were to happen to Scott Nichols, his 11-year-old adopted son would receive benefits, like his Social Security, but Nichols’ partner of 15 years would not. That’s unlikely to change for the Philadelphia couple, […]

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Who’s your daddy, and what rights does he have?

By | December 9, 2012

The conception and birth of a child is an adventure and a miracle for heterosexual and same-sex parents alike. However, the “adventure” to parenthood upon which same-sex parents bravely embark is more like something out of Indiana Jones than TLC’s “A Baby Story.” n the quest for second-parent kinship rights, the parent who adds no […]

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

By | August 1, 2011

Break-Up FAQ 1. How do you go about dividing up items you’ve purchased together? In the absence of a comprehensive set of legal rights and obligations, a same-sex couple may formalize their relationship by entering into a contractual arrangement called either a cohabitation agreement or a domestic partnership agreement. This agreement may cover a number […]

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6 Questions LGBT would-be parents should ask themselves when thinking about Adopting

By | February 10, 2010

Do our employee benefit plans extend to our adopted child? Do foreign countries treat LGBT parents differently when seeking a foreign adoption? If we choose to use a surrogate, are we fully aware of the surrogate’s rights to the child? How do adoption agencies view LGBT couples when deciding a proper home for a child? […]

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