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Bill signed by OK governor banning same-sex couples from joint adoption

Date: 
May 04, 2004

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The Oklahoma governor, Brad Henry, signed a bill today banning same-sex couples from jurisdictions that allow joint adoption from seeking children in Oklahoma.

A snippet of the text of the bill is below:

Section 7502-1.4 A. The courts of this state shall recognize a decree, judgment, or final order creating the relationship of parent and child by adoption, issued by a court or other governmental authority with appropriate jurisdiction in a foreign country or in another state or territory of the United States. The rights and obligations of the parties as to matters within the jurisdiction of this state shall be determined as though the decree, judgment, or final order were issued by a court of this state. Except that, this state, any of its agencies, or any court of this state shall not recognize an adoption by more than one individual of the same sex from any other state or foreign jurisdiction.

Maps of adoption/foster care laws and second parent adoptions are available by going to: http://www.thetaskforce.org/issues/maps.cfm?issueID=15

Oklahoma to be added to these maps soon.

Following is more information about Oklahoma and adoption from Stonewall Democrats:

Oklahoma already maintains some of the most anti-gay adoption statutes in the nation. State law already bars same-sex couples in Oklahoma from adopting children, although gay individuals may become adoptive parents. The new law, signed today by Governor Henry, removes a loophole that had allowed same-sex partners in states where co-adoption is legal to seek children in Oklahoma. The legislation stemmed out of a March controversy in which the Oklahoma Health Department refused to issue a birth certificate for a child adopted by a gay couple who live in Seattle, Washington.

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