Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Maybe I Should Have Been Adopted

There's a story up over at Pam's House Blend about a woman that adopted her lesbian partner back in 1991 as a way to ensure her partner's financial security if anything were to happen to her. Unfortunately the couple broke up, and now the adopted "daughter" is apparently still claiming rights to the other one's money. I guess getting unadopted isn't as easy as getting divorced.

I really had no idea adults could even be adopted, but apparently they can. You've got to give it to this couple--they were really creative in trying to find the most fool-proof strategy to take care of their lives together as a couple. I wonder where they even thought up such an idea.

I can't imagine that I'd ever go to these lengths (surely there are some hidden problems this can cause), but isn't it ironic, and a little sad, that since my state outlaws civil unions and "any benefits" similar to marriage for gay couples, adoption is actually a real option for some people.

Gay adoption, the wave of the future.


At 22/1/07 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adopting one's life-partner has been done for generations. There are numerous stories in some of the gay history books that tell how gay men and women have "adopted" their partners in order to ensure that they would inherit their homes and property if and when one passed away. Yes, an ingenious way of protecting one another but obviously full of pit-falls as your story shows. Thanks for a great blog.

At 25/1/07 9:45 PM, Blogger Brady said...

Thanks for the comment and the compliment, steve!


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