Colorado lawmakers consider adoption bill

Posted on 08 Mar 2007 at 8:07pm
By Associated Press

DENVER Same-sex partners and other unmarried couples would be able to adopt children together under a bill being considered by state lawmakers.

The measure (House Bill 1330), released Tuesday, March 6, is sponsored by House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder, and Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver.

Under current Colorado law, individual gay parents may adopt, but not same-sex couples. Married couples are allowed to adopt each other’s children from previous relationships under stepparent adoption, said Pat Steadman, a lobbyist for Equal Rights Colorado, which is backing the bill.

The group promotes the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.

Gay parents would have been allowed to adopt as couples under Referendum I, which voters rejected last fall. The referendum also would have allowed gay couples to file as domestic partners with the state.

The new bill would allow gay couples and any other two people who aren’t married to adopt. For example, Steadman said, a grandparent who is raising a child may want another adult who is helping with the child’s upbringing to also be named as a legal parent to take over in case the grandparent dies.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 09, 2007

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