According to a recent study at Clark University in Massachusetts, same-sex couples with adopted children living in states with anti-gay adoption laws and attitudes have more mental health issues during the first year of parenting than couples living in more accepting states.
Couples that lived in gay-friendly neighborhoods with supportive workplaces and family also had better mental health than those who did not. The university’s study is the first of its kind looking at the mental health of same-sex parents.
Gay and lesbian adoptive parents living in states with unfavorable laws regarding adoption by gay people showed greater increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety (as measured by standard clinical scales) during the period of study than did individuals living in states with more favorable legal climates.
Staff Reports TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that when same-sex couples have children together, both parents can be fully recognized as co-parents under Kansas state law. In its decision, the court said that Kansas parentage laws apply equally to women and non-biological parents, and that courts must consider the reality of who [...]