Utah’s same-sex families fight the state’s adoption ban. Over one thousand kids are already being raised by lesbians and gays.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting on the battle gaining momentum against Utah’s adoption ban, which was passed in 2000. Utah is one of three states with the adoption prohibition.

Fair-minded advocates hope to get adoption restrictions on all cohabitating couples, including same-sex couples, lifted. Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, a Democrat representing Salt Lake City, is sponsoring the bill.

The Williams Institute recently found that 19 percent of Utah’s same-sex couples are raising children together. It estimates the number of children at 1,226.

The research group also discovered that same-sex couples live in every county of the state. Salt Lake County has 1,964 lesbian and gay couples.

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3 thoughts on “Utah’s same-sex families fight the state’s adoption ban. Over one thousand kids are already being raised by lesbians and gays.

  • January 25, 2008 at 9:09 pm
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    Let’s hope for the sake of my cousins that these open minded people get this bigoted ban lifted.

  • January 30, 2008 at 11:24 pm
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    It must be lifted! I live in Utah and have lost visitation with my 5 year old daughter because my ex decided to use a homophobic law to serve her own selfish needs. Had I been able to adopt my daughter,I would not be cut out of her life. I am fighting with many to get this done. I look forward to the day that my partner and I can protect our family by being able to adopt.

  • June 4, 2008 at 1:26 am
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    The problem is there is no “BAN” in Utah, because there is always a loop hole so why “BAN” something you can get around with a little Legal advise. I have a friend that didn’t even no about the “BAN” and let her brothers boyfriend adopt her son, and all it took was for her brother to stand in the back ground, and the kicker his attorney knew the whole story. They also told her that she would be apart of his life and she’s not. So why have a “Ban” that doesn’t work anyways. Lift it, its about as worthless as the paper it was written on.

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