For those of you who don’t know, this is going to lead to homosexual men adopting boys, raising them as homosexuals, and then having the courts to dissolve the father-son adoption so they can marry them.
A gay couple adoption for Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur was dissolved last week so that they could marry in a state that recently became legal. It started when they moved to the Philadelphia nearly 20 years ago when Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York, according to HNGN.
Novak adopted MacArthur in 2000, two years his junior, as his son. Norman said the move reduced their inheritance tax liability and gave them hospital visitation and other legal rights then unavailable to same-sex couples.
“We were told when we started to look into this that hell would freeze over before Pennsylvania allowed same-sex marriage,” the 76-year-old stated. “So doing the adoption was literally the only thing we could do to give legal underpinning to our relationship.”
The gay couple adoption for Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur became a bigger problem after a federal judge lifted Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban last year. They wanted to tie the knot after being together more than 50 years, but their legal status as father and son stood in the way.
However, Judge Gary B. Gilman of Bucks County Orphans’ Court vacated the gay couple’s adoption decree last week. It’s the first time a same-sex couple in Pennsylvania petitioned to have their adoption dissolved so they could marry, according to the couple’s attorney, Terry Clemons.
“It removes the hurdle for other people who may be in the same position as Bill and Norm,” Clemons said.
There are no statistics on the number of gay couples who have used adoption as a means to obtain legal recognition of their relationships. But the practice had been controversial within the gay community, said Angela Giampolo, a Philadelphia attorney specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law.
Source: NewsOxy.com | Michael Stevens