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Where is Gay Adoption Legal?

Gay, Lesbian, and Same-Sex Couple Adoption

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Each state carries their own laws for single gays and lesbians and same-sex couple seeking to adopt. This index of adoption laws by state shows where gay and lesbian single and couple adoption is allowed:

Gay and Lesbian Adoption State-by-State
(What are the different types of adoption?)
  • Alabama
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Alaska
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Arizona
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Arkansas
    Arkansas Act One prohibits unmarried couples (both same sex and opposite sex) from adopting or fostering children. More on Act One

  • California
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Colorado
    Permits same-sex couple adoption. Also allows grandparents and other individuals helping raise the child to adopt.

  • Connecticut
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Delaware
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • District of Columbia
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Florida
    Prohibits single and joint gay adoption.

  • Georgia
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Hawaii
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Idaho
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Illinois
    Permits single GLBT and couples adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Indiana
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Iowa
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Kansas
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Kentucky
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Louisiana
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Maine
    Permits single GLBT adoption. On August 30, 2007 the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously in their favor on grounds that prohibiting the adoption would be counter to Maine's Adoption Act. (read more)

  • Maryland
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Massachusetts
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • Michigan
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Minnesota
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Joint gay adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • Mississippi
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Missouri
    Single GLBT and joint adoption unclear. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Montana
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • Nebraska
    Single GLBT adoption unclear. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Prohibits second-parent adoption.

  • Nevada
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Does not clearly prohibit joint gay adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • New Hampshire
    Permits single GLBT adoption. Prohibits joint adoption. Second-parent adoption unclear.

  • New Jersey
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.

  • New Mexico
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed in some areas.

  • New York
    Permits single GLBT and joint adoption. Second-parent adoption allowed.
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