Legislators Seek to Strike Adoption Preference for Heterosexual Couples

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Arizona Democrats have introduced legislation in the House and Senate that would amend current statutes favoring heterosexual couples over others in adoption placements.

Currently, the law states that adoption preference will be given to a married man and woman over single adoptive parents and same-sex couples. Supporters of the new bill say last year’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage should also apply to adoption laws.

“As confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, married same-sex couples must be treated equal to opposite-sex couples in all respects,” writes Steve Kilar, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. “We want to hear from any same-sex couples in Arizona who receive discriminatory treatment in adoption services because the law right now clearly prohibits that, even without the proposed amendments.”

The House version of the new legislation, HB 2392, has not been assigned to a committee. The Senate version, Senate Bill 1171, has been assigned to the Health and Human Services committee chaired by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto, who opposes the legislation.

Read more about the proposed legislation on KTAR.