Now that gay couples are able to get married in New York adoption lawyers and agencies are expecting a baby boom.
The Associated Press reports:
First comes love, then comes marriage. Now adoption lawyers and agencies in New York say they’re getting ready for a baby boom as same-sex couples emboldened by the state’s new gay marriage law take the next step and try to adopt children.
New York will allow same-sex marriages beginning July 24, becoming the most populous state to legalize such weddings. Thousands of couples are expected to tie the knot.
The state already permits unmarried couples, both gay and straight, to adopt children. But a wedding ring is an important milestone in a relationship ? and can also bolster a couple’s case as they try to impress social workers, adoption agencies and birth mothers during the often competitive adoption process, couples and adoption experts say.
“It’s sort of the next natural progression,” said Jonathan Truong of Brooklyn, who decided to adopt a boy after marrying his longtime partner, Ed Cowen, in Canada. “You have that feeling of wanting to be in a family.”
Experts won’t know for sure whether adoptions have increased in the five other states, plus Washington, D.C., that have legalized gay marriage until the results of the 2010 census are released this year, said Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California-Los Angeles.
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