Comparative Perspectives on Adoption of Children by Cohabitating, Nonmarital Couples and Partners
Lynn D. Wardle, 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘥𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴, 63 U. Aʀᴋ. L. Rᴇᴠ. 31 (2010).
Adoption, Same-Sex Couples, Cohabitation, Parenting
This article examines the Arkansas Adoption Act through five different perspectives. It first reviews the history of the Act and places it in proper context. The Act is then compared to adoption laws throughout the United States and how they treat same-sex and other unmarried couples. The article then reviews the stances taken around the globe with regards to adoption. The policy and legal arguments for and against adoption by same-sex and other unmarried couples are examined, and then the social science evidence is reviewed. The article concludes that prohibiting adoption by all cohabiting couples, regardless of sexual orientation, is a socially responsible, legally well-accepted, and scientifically well-justified public policy.
63 U. Ark L. Rev.
University of Arkansas Law Review