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Some states still have barriers for married gay couples looking to adopt from foster care. But going about adopting Cameron proved challenging for Nurse and his husband, Casanova. While same-sex couples have long been able to adopt from private, gay-friendly adoption agencies, adopting children from the foster care system has proved more difficult in some states.

The U. Supreme Court decision in June that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide is changing that, but not everywhere—particularly in states with laws that limit t adoption to a husband and wife. Michigan passed such a law right before the court decision. The Nurses became familiar with all these roadblocks when adopting Cameron and their two other children.

All but Arkansas and Tennessee also had policies that did not allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt foster children tly, according to the Human Rights Campaign. But many of those states are changing their policies in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and South Dakota also are changing their practices to allow married gay couples to go through the adoption process together. Mississippi is the only state that has a law that specifically bars gay couples from adopting foster children, and Julia Bryan, spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, said the law will be followed unless the legislature makes any changes when it reconvenes in January.

However, the ban is being challenged in the courts.

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The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also will wait on the legislature before changing how it operates, according to spokeswoman Julie Moody. Gay couples in the state will have to continue to have one member of the couple formally adopt the child, she said, and then the other member has to come back later to do a second parent adoption—a similar process to a step parent adopting a stepchild.

Nebraska policy prevented unmarried couples, gay or straight, from fostering or adopting state wards untilwhen the state started allowing gay couples to become foster parents, ultimately placing foster children with 15 same-sex couples, according to the Omaha World Herald. A county judge recently struck down the unmarried couple ban. Although the court decision is leading to changes in some states, others are creating new roadblocks to gay adoption. Republican state Rep. That has happened in other states. Some Catholic organizations in Illinois and Massachusetts shut down rather than violate their conscience by serving gay couples.

But opponents of the Michigan law say its language is too broad, giving religious organizations leeway to discriminate against not just gay couples, but single people, interracial couples, people of other faiths or anybody who they say conflicts with their faith.

While religious groups often argue that same-sex parents could be damaging to children, nearly all research has found the opposite. A project at Columbia University assembled scholarly, peer-reviewed studies on the well-being of children with gay parents. Of 77 studies, just four found that having gay parents negatively impacts.

Even in states that require agencies to work with gay couples, there are no guarantees against discrimination in deciding whether to allow them to adopt. He put up pictures of his family. In addition to Cameron, now 4, the couple has adopted Neijal, also 4, and Ava Rose, 2.

The bill passed in the House, but later died in the Senate.

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