Adoption:

Status of Gay and Lesbian Parenting

Laws on same-sex adoption vary by state:

Alabama - Permits single GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Alaska - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Arizona - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Arkansas - Legislation is not clear whether single gays or couples can adopt.

California- Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Colorado - Permits same-sex couple adoption. Also allows grandparents and other individuals helping raise the child to adopt.

Connecticut - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Delaware - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

District of Columbia - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Florida - Prohibits single and joint gay adoption.

Georgia - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Hawaii - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Idaho - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Illinois - Permits single GLBT and couples adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Indiana - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Iowa - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Kansas - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Kentucky - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Louisiana - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Maine - Permits single GLBT adoption. On August 30, 2007 the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously in their favor on grounds that prohibiting the adoption would be counter to Maine's Adoption Act.

Maryland - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Massachusetts - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Michigan - Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Minnesota - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Mississippi - Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Missouri - Single GLBT and joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Montana - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Nebraska - Single GLBT adoption unclear. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Prohibits second-parent adoption.

Nevada - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

New Hampshire - Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

New Jersey - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

New Mexico - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

New York - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

North Carolina - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

North Dakota - Single GLBT and joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Ohio - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption not allowed.

Oklahoma - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Oregon - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Pennsylvania - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Rhode Island - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

South Carolina - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

South Dakota - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Tennessee - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Texas - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

Utah - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption prohibited. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Vermont - Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

Virginia - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Washington - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption in some areas.

West Virginia - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

Wisconsin - Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption prohibited.

Wyoming - Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

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