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April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right

Michigan’s First Gay Marriage License Issued

FAMILY | By Emma Fidel | Mar 22
Two women were the first gay couple to marry in Michigan on Saturday, one day after the state’s ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in a landslide in 2004, was scratched from the state constitution by a federal judge.

The FAP helps keeps families with LGBT youth safe

Family Acceptance Project Prevents LGBT Teen Suicide

FAMILY | By Winnie McCroy | Mar 20
The Family Acceptance Project has announced plans to launch the first family-focused program to prevent suicide and homelessness among LGBT youth and young adults.

Bostic v. Rainey plaintiffs Carol Schall and Mary Townley

U.S. Appeals Court Issues Orders, Consolidates Challenges to Virginia’s Marriage Ban

FAMILY | By John Riley | Mar 13
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit on Monday issued three orders relating to two pending cases challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Sam Everingham, global director of Families Through Surrogacy, right, with his partner, Philip Copeland, and daughters, Zoe and Ruby

Gay Surrogacy Conference Heads to San Francisco

FAMILY | By Heather Cassell | Mar 13
Gay couples and individuals seeking to be parents will be able to learn about the international surrogacy market and speak with more than 30 experts at a daylong conference this weekend in San Francisco.

GOP Gay Marriage Division on Display at Conference

FAMILY | By Jonathan J. Cooper | Mar 10
Young Republican activists implored their party to support gay marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn’t get behind an issue that’s gaining traction around the country.

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New SAMSHA Guide Helps Support LGBT Kids

FAMILY | By Winnie McCroy | Mar 9
In its continuing effort to foster the well-being of LGBT kids, the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University has developed "Helping Families to Support their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children."

Jeanne Rizzo, left, and Pali Cooper attended the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the "Winter of Love" at San Francisco City Hall

LGBT Couples Face Easier Tax Season

FAMILY | By Matthew S. Bajko | Mar 1
In late August the IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it would treat same-sex couples that legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages as married for federal tax purposes.

April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, left, 3, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right.

Professor Defends Homes Led by Same-Sex Couples

FAMILY | By Ed White | Feb 26
A sociologist testifying at Michigan’s gay marriage trial says research clearly shows that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantage when compared to other kids.

Okla. Lawyers Say Gay Marriage Will Harm Children

FAMILY | Feb 25
Lawyers who are appealing a federal judge’s ruling that overturned Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage said in a court filing Monday that legalizing gay marriage would harm children, undermine society and make traditional marriages unstable.

Plaintiffs in the Virginia case Tim Bostic (left) and Tony London

Marriage Equality Victories Mount; Supremes Seem Destined to Revisit Issue

FAMILY | By Justin Snow | Feb 22
The brisk pace at which challenges to same-sex marriage bans have worked their way through the courts could place the issue before the Supreme Court sooner than anyone anticipated.