July 1, 2010

Assembly Measure Facilitates Adoption by Unmarried Adult Couples

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced the passage of legislation (A.5652-B/Rosenthal) to allow two unmarried adult partners to adopt a child together. This measure would also change references in the law by replacing the term husband and wife with the gender neutral term "married couple," to allow all committed couples the ability to adopt a child.

"This legislation will clarify the law to allow all committed couples, married or not, the legal right to adopt a child together," said Silver (D-Manhattan). "The Assembly Majority is committed to keeping the best interests of all children in mind when crafting changes to laws related to our families.

"Adoption decisions should be based on what is best for each individual child and not the marital status, sexual orientation, or family structure of prospective adoptive parents. More successful adoptions in this state will lead to more children in secure two-parent families," said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan). "As the sponsor of this legislation, it was essential to clear up the gray area relating to adoption by unmarried adult partners."

Silver and Rosenthal noted that allowing unmarried adult couples to adopt a child will also ensure that children receive: