Same-sex couples raising children in California are more diverse and have a smaller median household income than their straight, married counterparts, according to a report by the Our Family Coalition, the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center and Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere. The study, based on census data for San Francisco and Alameda counties, found 69% of same-sex couples raising children were female, and that households of families with same-sex parents had a median household income that was 17% less than straight households.
Gay rights groups, some physicians and lawmakers are lining up to oppose the nomination of Dr. James W. Holsinger to be surgeon general, citing his anti-gay views as a top lay official in the United Methodist Church. But Holsinger's allies within the church and the medical profession defend him as one who is not prejudiced against people, whether in a church or medical setting.
Having successfully lobbied 883 daily newspapers to accept engagement or civil-union notices from same-sex couples, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is now launching a new push to get couples to send in their announcements.
The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on June 13 approved a state constitutional amendment that outlaws marriage between same-sex couples but does not explicitly rule out recognition of civil unions -- a key deviation from a version approved by the House that would ban any recognition of unions that are "substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals." If the two chambers can't agree on the language by June 30, the amendment would miss a key deadline to qualify for placement on the statewide ballot in November 2007.
A 2-1 decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the adoption of an infant girl by a same-sex couple in April 2005. The lesbian couple had filed a joint petition, since Indiana law forbids unmarried couples from adoption. The ruling is expected to pave the way for more gay couples to adopt.