LGBT Parents' Rights

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Carlos Ball, law professor at the Rutgers University School of Law-Newark and author of The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood, looks at the legal history of LGBT parents and their children.


Carlos Ball

Comments [14]

Sheldon from Brooklyn

"MediaMan" you are too funny - lol

May. 24 2012 12:04 PM
MediaMan from New York, New York

First,the Ravi sentencing issue and now Gay people adopting childern. Must be Gay day on the Brian Leher show (this is why I can't contribute any money to Brian or NPR. Too pro-Gay). American is going to hell. Anything goes now and we wonder why the country is falling apart. Trash accepting Trash is right on. The children in foster care or up for adoption are already damaged, so lets give them to even more damaged people, the Gays. Let's give the poor colored children to the white middle class Gay people because they want a family. Whatever happened to similar people being placed with similar people. Isn't this what Social workers advocated? ve. Lets stop pretenting that there is no such thing as a normal family, the nuclear family. Let's stop pretenting that the Black community is wrong when they insist upon Men and Women relationships, and they stress the importance of these relationship in America. Today nothing is normal? How can children thrive if they are not exposed to normal behavior and raised in a normal enviroment? How can children grow up and become normal citizens, work, marry, have children, and contribute to America if the are
exposed to abnormal behavior? All 50 states should ban adoption by Gays, let thing do their thing if they want to live together. But no marriage and no adoption. Ameica is going to HELL.

May. 24 2012 11:57 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Jg - have you ever been in an Orphanage, even a well run one? I haven't but I've been in foster homes, and there is no substitute for the love and attention of a loving parent, come on JG - even you should know this.

May. 24 2012 11:56 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sheldon again

Why? What makes growing up with adopted parents better than growing up in an orphanage or group home? Where is the evidence for this contention?

May. 24 2012 11:48 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

JG - there are lots of American kids living in foster homes, not orphanages, especially kids of color. They being adopted by ANY qualified couple, is better that growing up in a group home.

May. 24 2012 11:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sheldon - a followup

In fact I think it's a great business model, for stud men and fertile females to make many babies and sell them to the LGBT's and other in the baby market. I've begun to seriously think of the possibilities $$$!

May. 24 2012 11:04 AM
The Truth from Becky

Don't bring kids into this. There is a valid reason a homosexual couple can't make a baby.

May. 24 2012 11:04 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Sheldon

So, why should selling babies be illegal? Blood family clearly means nothing to the courts today, so why can't we just make and sell babies to the highest bidder?

May. 24 2012 11:01 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

jg - "selling" babies are illegal in the US. So there goes your bizarre theory.

May. 24 2012 10:58 AM
ck from Yorktown

Aren't many adoption agencies private? I would submit that if it's a privately run agency (religious based) they have the right to limit who they allow to adopt. Not that many GLBT couples would not be good parents: just like any couple, not all who apply would be good parents.

May. 24 2012 10:56 AM
Edward from NJ

Do other states recognize parental rights established in states like New Jersey?

May. 24 2012 10:54 AM

Given Christie's dictatorial inclinations on so many issues and his stance on gay marriage, how are we to understand his sounding like a human being on parental rights of gays? Is his stance on marriage just a cynical gimmick to win votes of right-wingers?

May. 24 2012 10:53 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I'm against adoption in general, except for true orphans who have no living parents, or where their parents are truly criminal and sexually abusive. Nothing wrong with well-run orphanages. I am particularly against gay adoption because it increases the demand pressure and raises the price of babies so that many poor and single parents may be tempted to sell their children.
The concept that a court can strip natural parents of their right to their own children is a corruption and abuse of natural law.

May. 24 2012 10:51 AM
simon from New York City

It is simply not anyones right to judge and decide others rights. Rights for one, rights for all.

May. 24 2012 10:49 AM

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