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Maryland should embrace gay adoption
It's gratifying that same-sex couples in Maryland who are seeking to adopt have found a welcome reception in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Because of a city precedent and a uniform attitude among judges here that sexual orientation should not be a factor in deciding whether to grant adoption, and because residents of any jurisdiction in the state may seek to have adoption granted in any other jurisdiction, Baltimore has become the go-to destination for gay couples. But it shouldn't have to be that way. Seventeen states have laws, regulations or controlling court decisions specifically granting equality to gay couples in the adoption process. Maryland should join them.
November 14, 2011