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Census Shows Growing Numbers Of Gay Couples Adopting Kids In U.S.

More gay couples are adopting kids in U.S. despite the fact that they face legal barriers. A new census data shows that 19% of gay couples with children had an adopted child in the house in 2009, up from 8% in 2000.

The New York Times reports:

Growing numbers of gay couples across the country are adopting, according to census data, despite an uneven legal landscape that can leave their children without the rights and protections extended to children of heterosexual parents.

Same-sex couples are explicitly prohibited from adopting in only two states ? Utah and Mississippi ? but they face significant legal hurdles in about half of all other states, particularly because they cannot legally marry in those states.

Despite this legal patchwork, the percentage of same-sex parents with adopted children has risen sharply. About 19 percent of same-sex couples raising children reported having an adopted child in the house in 2009, up from just 8 percent in 2000, according to Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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