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Adoption  
 
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Gay male and lesbian couples have sometimes used adult adoption to create legally recognized relationships. Adoption of one partner by another not only assures property distribution in the case of death of one of the partners, but also confers a next of kin relationship that facilitates making decisions concerning health care and other matters.

While some courts have permitted adult adoptions by individuals involved in a gay or lesbian relationship, others have ruled that such adoptions are inappropriate and violate adoption statutes.

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    Bibliography
   

Dahl, Judith. River of Promise: Two Women's Story of Love and Adoption. San Diego: Luramedia, 1989.

Galluccio, Jon, and Michael Galluccio, with David Groff. An American Family. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001.

Macedo, Stephan, and Iris Marion Young, eds. Child, Family, State. New York: New York University Press, 2003.

McKinstry, David R. I. A Swim Against the Tide. Toronto: White Knight Publications, 2003.

Morgan, Kenneth B. Getting Simon: Two Gay Doctors' Journey to Fatherhood. New York: Bramble Books, 1995.

Savage, Dan. The Kid: What Happened After my Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant, An Adoption Story. New York: Plume, 2000.

Sullivan, T. Richard. Queer Families, Common Agendas: Gay People, Lesbians, and Family Values. San Francisco: Harrington Park Press, 2000.

Weeks, Jeffrey, Brian Heaphy, and Catherine Donovan. Same Sex Intimacies: Families of Choice and Other Life Experiments. New York: Routledge, 2001.

 

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    Author: Arthur, Mikaila Mariel Lemonik  
    Entry Title: Adoption  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated April 7, 2011  
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