More gay couples adopting since 2000

The number of same-sex couples who adopted a child in 2009 is more than double the number of couples who adopted in 2000, according to census data Despite Utah and Mississippi banning same-sex couples from adopting children, 19 percent of same-sex couples are currently raising children adopted during 2009 In 2000, that number was 8 percent Many other states make it much more difficult for same-sex couples to adopt than heterosexual couples since same-sex couples can’t legally marry first reported on the increase Monday Some states give preference to heterosexual couples, especially married ones, but other states don’t モThe reality is we really need foster and adoptive parents, and it doesnメt matter what the relationship is,ヤ Moira Weir, director of the job and family services department in Hamilton County, Ohio, told the Times モIf they can provide a safe and loving home for a child, isnメt that what we want?ヤ Interestingly, the Times also that there has been a marked rise in the number of same-sex couples raising children in the South Jacksonville, Florida has one of the highest concentrations of same-sex child-raising couples in the country However, many of these couples are raising children from one partner’s previous heterosexual relationship, rather than children being jointly adopted by a same-sex couple