AIA Supports Gay/Lesbian Adoptive Families

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Calls for an end to "gender politics"

In a press release dated March 15, 2002, the American Infertility Association (AIA) called for an end to politics and "gender politics" in adoption, and announced its support for all families, regardless of sexual orientation.

The announcement follows on the heels of two other highly publicized events:
  • the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) policy statement supporting efforts to legalize co-parent adoption by gay and lesbian couples (February 2002), and

  • the acknowledgement by popular television talk show host Rosie O'Donnell that she is a lesbian and her declared support for efforts to repeal Florida's stand against adoption by gays and lesbians (March 2002).
The AIA further declared its support for Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau who are challenging Florida's law which states:
"No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual."
Title IV, Chapter 63, Article 63.042: Who may be adopted; who may adopt.
The AIA:
...urges all state legislatures to look at research that has been done which demonstrates that children growing up with parents in gay households are just as loved, healthy, safe, and successful, as any child raised in the warmth that a loving family can provide, regardless of sexual affiliations or marital status.
The AIA is a national organization dedicated to assisting men and women facing family-building and reproductive health decisions.

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