Alabama has a tepid relationship towards LGBT rights. While Alabama, like all other states, recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges , the conservative state legislature and courts are often on the lookout for ways to limit the scope of that decision. Read on for some of the laws and cases that have impacted the rights of LGBT persons and same-sex couples to adopt in Alabama, and contact an experienced Alabama adoption attorney with any additional questions. Under current Alabama law there is no explicit prohibition on adoption by either an LGBT individual, a married same-sex couple, or an unmarried same-sex couple.
The Tennessee House of Representatives approved a Republican bill that would allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples Monday. HB , which allows adoption and foster care agencies to refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious objections, passed in a party line vote. The bill must still pass the Senate and then be signed by Gov. Bill Lee to be approved into law. The bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Tim Rudd, says that no adoption agency would be required to place a child with a family if it would "violate the agency's written religious or moral convictions or policies.
Mary Fallin of Oklahoma signed a bill on Friday that gay rights groups said would allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against L. Critics of the law , which also applies to private agencies working in foster care, said it was unconstitutional and harmful to children. Supporters said it would ultimately help children by protecting the agencies that work to place them. Fallin, a Republican, said in a statement on Friday that the law did not ban same-sex adoption or foster care in Oklahoma. Fallin also vetoed a bill on Friday — one that would have eliminated the need for training and permits to carry a gun in public.
SINGAPORE Reuters - Singapore is looking to strengthen its adoption laws after a gay man won an appeal to legally adopt his biological son in a landmark court ruling last year, its social affairs minister said on Monday. A court in rejected an initial bid by the man, who is in a homosexual relationship with a partner, to legally adopt his son. Singapore, which is trying to boost its low fertility rate, offers generous incentives for couples to have babies but in-vitro fertilization is allowed only for married couples and surrogacy services are not available for anyone.