Annotated Bibliography Homework

Annotated Bibliography

Baldauf, Scott. “How Texas Wrestles with Gay Adoptions.” Christian Science Monitor, vol. 90, no. 6, 3 Dec. 1997, p. 3. EBSCOhost,

This article reposts on the debate in Texas over the right of gay couples to adopt children which began when a child welfare worker Rebecca Bledsoe tried to remove a child placed in a lesbian household. In Texas in order for homosexuals couples to adopt they need to be married, Bledsoe tried to attempt to change the Texas law to forbid gay adoptions, and her actions are views by her superiors and the civil libertarians as act of discrimination against homosexual people.

I think this article would be great, to mention on my research paper because it shows hoe the welfare workers on adaptation institution would rather make a judgment of the parents based on their sexuality orientation, and not do the right procedures on when it comes to adaptation on how the child is adapting to the household.

Jane Mathews. “Adoption Bar for Couple Who Opposed Gay Parents.” Daily Telegraph (London), Nov. 2016, p. 12. EBSCOhost,

This news article talks about a couple who lost their adoption bar and blocked from adopting their two foster children after expressing concerns about them being raised instead by a gay couple. When the heterosexual couple was told by the adopting agency that a gay couple were being put forward to adopt them, the pair stated, “expressed a degree of shock and asked if this was a ‘joke’.”

The news article is a good article, I can mention in my research paper because I can mention how same-sex parents are viewed by the society. In a way can be the opposing opinion on my essay. This news article expresses a homophobic and discriminating comment by many people out there who are concern more about parents of the same gender is a disadvantageous to children in any way. It has nothing to do with their parent’s gender and everything to do with society’s reactions to the family.

Naeger, Jennifer. “And Then There Were None: The Repeal of Sodomy Laws After Lawrence V. Texas and Its Effect on the Custody and Visitation Rights of Gay and Lesbian Parents.” St. John’s Law Review, vol. 78, no. 2, Spring 2004, pp. 397–425. EBSCOhost,

The article analyzes the effect of Lawrence v. Texas U.S. Supreme Court case and the repeal of sodomy laws on child custody disputes involving gay and lesbian parents. The case of Lawrence v. Texas (2003) was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court rules that U.S. laws prohibiting private homosexual activity, and sodomy between adults are unconstitutional. The Court reaffirmed the concept of a “right to privacy”. Rationale employed to justify the denial of custody or restriction of visitation rights of gay and lesbian parents, Implications of the Lawrence decision and the repeal of sodomy laws on the custody rights of gay and lesbian parents.

I think the article would be a great example to talk on my paper on the relations of how Texas laws discriminated the same-sex parents when it came to adoption. The article analyzes the effect of same-sex parents gay and lesbians, fighting for custody of their children or if they were on the process of adaptation, of when the case repeal of sodomy laws.

Ritter, Michael J. “Adoption by Same-Sex Couples: Public Policy Issues in Texas Law & Practice.” Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, vol. 15, no. 2, Spring 2010, pp. 235–254. EBSCOhost,

The article focuses on Texas laws and practice in relation to adoption by same sex couples. Additionally, it presents the federal law that creates additional burden on same sex couple. It contains the legal procedures practice in Texas for adoption and the public policy objectives of promoting adoption that serves the best interest to the child.

The article gives good examples and quotes that are fact checked when I mention that how difficult it is for same-sex couples to go on the procedures of adopting a kid. In some cases, is even harder to be able to be put in the list, unlike many heterosexual couples. Texas laws are written in a way that it “does not expressly prohibit or allow adoption by the same-sex” so it does not have a clear answer.

Stack, Liam. “U.S Texas Bill Would Let Adoption Agencies Reject Families on Religious Grounds”, 11 May 2017,

In this online newspaper, the article talks about how Texas lawmakers are poised to vote on a bill that would allow foster care and adoption agencies that receive state funding to refuse to place children with families they disapprove on religious grounds, including families headed by gay or transgender people.

This newspaper article would be added to my paper for a support that shows how over the years Texas allows a new bill that is important and a critical element of the foster care system reform. The bill allows organizations to follow “faith based” policies without having to worry about potential discrimination lawsuits.

Zauzmer, Julie, and Sarah Pulliam Bailey. “Trump promises to help religious adoption agencies that won’t work with gay parents.” Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2019. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints, Accessed 2 May 2021.

The article talks about how former president Donald Trump promoted his administration on helping the religious leaders, especially the conservative Christians, to ensure that faith-based adoption agencies to be helped while following their deeply held beliefs. These type of adoption agencies, refuse the enlistment of same-sex couple they believe on conservative and Christian belief. Trump administration is prioritizing the interests of providers instead of the interests of children.

The article would be a good opposing view to my paper, even though the federal government made it mandate that if the adoption agencies disapprove same-sex couple, they will not receive funding. However, with the emerge of Donald Trump administrative, religious based agencies are becoming more involved on his campaign and might revoke the bill entirely.

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