A recent ruling by a Kentucky Court of Appeals bans gay couples from step-parent adoption unless the stepparent and the child’s biological parent are married, effectively banning second parent adoption by same sex couples. A constitutional amendment bans gay marriage in Kentucky.
If a child cannot be adopted by his or her second parent, the child loses the right to inherit property from a parent, receive Social Security benefits, or to be eligible for health insurance under that parent's policy, according to EdgeBoston. "This is worrisome because any public policy that denies the child of a same-sex couple of the right to have two parents does one thing and one thing only: it harms that child," Christine Sun, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU's Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Task Force told the Courier Journal
The Human Rights Campaign called the ruling, "a striking blow to LGBT rights activists in the state, who in recent years have lost the battle against marriage equality and now face strong opposition to LGBT adoption."
Media Resources: Human Rights Campaign 9/17/08; EdgeBoston 9/16/08; Courier Journal 9/16/08
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .