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Same-sex adoption laws in california

In a society that has only recently begun to welcome same-sex marriage, regulations on marriage and divorce may seem ambiguous. Despite the passing of same-sex marriage in California in 2008, breaks in that law nevertheless occurred, making the ruling complicated in general. After gay marriage became a constitutional right in 2015, many thought this ambiguity would end; however, there still exist challenges in the system for many same-sex couples.

One of those challenges lies in the question of same-sex parenting in America. An article in The New York Times considers these challenges, stating that some same-sex parents experience alienation when they travel from state to state -- gay rights for parents can differ depending on location. The Times also acknowledges that adoption laws can also become contradictory depending on the state, some of which contain religious restrictions for same-sex partners who want to adopt. Some experts in the field express frustration in this gap, as countless children are in need of adopting while agencies nevertheless place constraints on who, exactly, should be allowed to become a parent. Another concern is that, even in states with more inclusive LGBT laws, navigating through life in a same-sex marriage can come with its own set of problems stemming from external judgment. 

Lifelong Adoptions, an organization dedicated to helping all families with adopting children, provides accessible information on same-sex adoptions in California. While the road to successful adoption may appear harder for same-sex couples, Lifelong notes that this is not always the case. In fact, the number of birthparents who choose same-sex couples for adoption is booming; this increase can make the process simpler for same-sex soon-to-be parents. There are, of course, a list of required procedures all parents must complete before moving on to the next stage in adoption. These procedures can include extensive paperwork, interviews and other requirements. Although the acceptance of gay parents nationwide has been gradual, countless agencies, organizations and supporters believe the future for adoption inclusion is bright. 

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