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Meet four pets who could join your family

Each of these adorable pets is available for adoption at PAWS Atlanta, one of the oldest and very few no-kill animal shelters in Georgia. All adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped, on flea/tick and heartworm preventative and current on all age-appropriate vaccinations.

The shelter is open seven days a week. Visit in person or online to learn more about how you can adopt these or other pets.

PAWS Atlanta
5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035

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Lesbian moms, we must stop doing this to each other

It’s disgusting, and once again, it almost cost us all dearly. Another lesbian mom had a baby with her partner, let her partner adopt the child, then when they split up, tried to claim the adoption shouldn’t have counted anyway — you know, what with them being gay and all.

It’s the ugly side of the lesbian “gayby” boom, a sad by-product of living in a state where our daily comfort level far surpasses the actual legal protections available to our families. And as lesbian moms, we have got to stop letting our bitterness get the better of us during break-ups.

Let’s review: Gay couples can’t marry in Georgia, thanks to a 1996 law and 2004 state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage.

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Ga. appeals court upholds second-parent adoption in lesbian ‘divorce’ case

GA Court of Appeals

In a case that risked far-reaching consequences, the Georgia Court of Appeals recently upheld a second-parent adoption involving a lesbian couple, but avoided taking a stand on whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage impacts the legality of second-parent adoptions overall.

First reported in the Fulton Daily Report, the case involves Nicole Bates and her former partner, Tina Bates. Nicole Bates became pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor in 2007 and she wanted her partner, Tina, to adopt the child so both could be legal parents.

The second-parent adoption was approved in Fulton County by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville. Although the couple did not live in Fulton County, their attorney said it would be easier to get a same-sex second parent adoption approved there.

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Melissa Carter: My screen debut in a new kind of family video

Former Atlanta Disc-Jockey Melissa CarterUntil recently, my acting resume consisted of a non-speaking part on the “O.C.” for three frames. Seems that was enough to land me the role of Friend #4 in a new form of family entertainment: the adoption video.

I was not aware of this new marketing tool used by would-be parents and am still unsure of how common they are in the adoption world. But like everything, even adoption has apparently gone Hollywood. These days, even the loving act of bringing a baby into your family requires you submitting to judgment based on beauty, success and wealth.

My friends Ken and Matt had made their home the “set” and hours of filming had already gone into their adoption video. I missed earlier scenes which included “The Cookie Jar” and “The Band-Aid to the Rescue.” Earlier in the week, Ken and Matt had sent out the outline of the shoot and casting assignments to their friends and their kids. The couple had pulled out all the stops in their efforts to become new dads to some lucky baby and their mini-movie was the latest part of their attempt to show how welcome a baby would be.

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PAWS hosts pet adoption drive

On Sunday, July 24, PAWS Atlanta will host a pet adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. at their Decatur facility. PAWS Atlanta, one of the few “no kill” animal shelters in the metro area, will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes to adopt that need a good home.

Each animal will be spayed or neutered and will be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Adopters will also receive a goody bag with treats, food, toys and other essential pet supplies.

For more information, please visit

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More Americans say marriage is obsolete

Even as the fight for marriage equality continues on the state and federal fronts, some four out of 10 Americans recently surveyed by the Pew Research Center said that the tradition is becoming obsolete.

Pew found that 39 percent of respondents said that marriage was becoming or is already obsolete. Time Magazine asked a similar question in 1978 and only 28 percent held the same view.

Pew's report highlights a declining trend in marriages since 1960. According to Pew, in 2008 only 53 percent of “adults” were married. In 1960, that number was 72 percent.

The report also found that only 43 percent of those surveyed said more gay couples raising children was good for society.

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Anti-gay states may be hazardous to your health

Dr. Abbie Goldberg says anti-gay laws affect health of LGBT persons

Same-sex couples with adopted children living in states with anti-gay adoption laws and attitudes had more mental health issues in their first year of parenthood than couples with adopted children living in more accepting states, a new study has found.

In addition, same-sex couples with adopted children who perceived higher support from their family and workplace and lived in more gay-friendly neighborhoods reported better mental health than those who did not.

While the results may seem like common sense, this is the first study to examine changes in depression and anxiety across the first year of adoptive parenthood in same-sex couples. It is also the first study to examine mental health among new gay male parents, either adoptive or biological.