After In re the Termination of Parental Rights of Christian J.W., the legal community in Wisconsin is now more aware that same-sex, unmarried partners face more restrictive burdens when seeking to adopt one partner’s biological child than do heterosexual couples seeking to do the same. These burdens may raise Equal Protection concerns. These burdens also demonstrate that Wisconsin adoption laws simultaneously promote conflicting public policies. Finally, these burdens are unnecessarily wasting Wisconsinites’ resources.
Christian J.W. reveals an opportunity for the Wisconsin Legislature. Namely, the lawmaking body should act to eliminate this inequality in the state’s adoption laws. Such action will not only protect the state from potential discrimination lawsuits, but it will also promote public policy, save money, and protect Wisconsin’s children from the inequalities that result from the unequal treatment of their same-sex parents.
- equal protection,
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