Gay Same Sex Couples Can Now Jointly Adpot Under New York Law

Gov. David Paterson
signed into law yesterday a new measure that allows unmarried partners, including gay couples, to adopt.

Gay New Yorkers STILL CAN’T MARRY! 

But this new law permits unmarried partners, including gay couples, to adopt. The new adoption statute also changes the gender-specific term “husband and wife” to the gender-neutral term “married couple,” according to the New York Post. This change recognizes the right of same-sex couples legally married elsewhere to adopt.

Prior to the new law, gay individuals were permitted to adopt, but now adopted children are entitled to support, insurance and other benefits from both adults.

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