New Hampshire allows
gay and lesbian adoptions
and foster parenting
During the week of 1999-APR-18, the New Hampshire Senate repealed a 1987 bill that
prohibited gays and lesbians from adopting children or acting as foster parents. The House
had already repealed the bill by an overwhelming majority. Governor Jeanne Shaheen is
expected to sign the bill shortly.
Active in the effort to repeal the bill were the ACLU of New Hampshire, Out and
Equal New Hampshire, and Representative Raymond Buckley, (D-Manchester).
The repeal is good news for the approximately 1,700 children who are waiting for foster
homes or adoptive parents in the state.
This leaves the state of Florida remaining as the only jurisdiction in the U.S. which
bans gay and lesbian adoptions. Five states (AR, ID, IN, TX, UT) are considering or have
recently considered bans on lesbian and gay foster care or adoptions.