Gay Adoption Bill Advances in Senate

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A bill that would allow gay couples to adopt children together advanced in the Senate Wednesday despite Republican criticism that the aim was to advance a "homosexual agenda" rather than help children.

The Senate gave initial backing to the proposal, which would allow any two unmarried people to adopt a child together. Currently gay people are allowed to adopt a child individually but not along with their partners.

Senator Shawn Mitchell says the bill is more about endorsing the validity of same-sex households than protecting children.

Senator Jennifer Veiga says children are already living in same-sex households and the change will make them eligible for things like health insurance coverage and Social Security payments.

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