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Judge: Antigay N.Y. Adoption Agency Can Turn Away Same-Sex Couples

Reversing an earlier ruling of hers, an Albany, N.Y.-based federal judge decided a Christian-affiliated adoption agency can remain open even though it refuses to place children with same-sex couples or unmarried adults.New Hope Family Services of Syracuse, N.Y., refused to change its placement policy after New York State passed a nondiscrimination law in 2014. New Hope officials claimed they didn’t deny same-sex couples and unmarried prospective parents the chance to adopt because they would refer them to other agencies that allowed such parents, reports, the state’s Office of Children and Family Services found New Hope’s policy incompatible with the state’s laws — officials demanded New Hope modernize its rules or shut down.

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controversial law, which opened the possibility of medically assisted parenthood to lesbian couples and single women, has been in force since 2021.Until 1 September, the identity of those who provide the biological ingredients necessary for life has been shrouded in anonymity.Now, children born as a result of medical procreation will have the right, if they wish, to know the identities of the donors who made their lives possible.The information about donors – including details of their family and professional situation – will be recorded at the time of the donation, along with a description of their "general state" and physical characteristics.Once the child reaches adulthood, he or she will have access to the information.The law cannot be back-dated, unless there is a specific request from a child and the donors agree.The legal obligations concern only the identity of the donors, not of the child.And under no circumstances can a child born from donated sperm or eggs be obliged to accept a meeting with the donor, though such meetings are not prohibited by the law.Writing in French daily paper Le Monde, the anthropologist Jérôme Courduriès says that the obligation to identify donors is already enforced in Sweden, Australia, Finland and the UK.Instead of the dramatic decline in donations which was predicted by critics of the identity regulations, those four countries have seen an upsurge in the number of donors. Courduriès says the fact they will no longer be anonymous may actually encourage donors.The level of donations in France reached an all-time high last year, with 600 male donors (up from the peak of 404 in 2017), and 900 female donors (up from 2019's 836.)The law will have no impact on the legal status of the