Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in twenty-seven countries as well as several subnational jurisdictions and dependent territories. Furthermore, some form of step-child adoption is legal for same-sex couples in five countries. Given that constitutions and statutes usually do not address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples. However, scientific research consistently shows that gay and lesbian parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as those reared by heterosexual parents. The existing body of research on outcomes for children with LGBT parents includes limited studies that consider the specific case of adoption. Moreover, where studies do mention adoption they often fail to distinguish between outcomes for unrelated children versus those in their original family or step-families, causing research on the more general case of LGBT parenting to be used to counter the claims of LGBT-adoption opponents.
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Maryland Gov. Lawrence J. California was the first state to ban the practice for minors in Since then, 10 other states and the District of Columbia — as well as nearly three dozen localities — have followed suit, according to The Trevor Project.
Jackson is one of 65, adopted children being raised by same-sex parents in the United States, according to a March report compiled by the Urban Institute and the Williams Institute at University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. The same report estimates more than 14, foster children were living with one or more gay or lesbian foster parent. Roach and his longtime partner, Ken Manford, adopted Jackson from Guatemala in and say he is not overly bothered by the non-traditional character of their family.