This ten-minute documentary features:

Social workers from across the country who

  assess prospective parents and place children;

A researcher with the Evan B. Donaldson

  Adoption Institute, who is conducting a study of

  parenting styles of gay and lesbian parents, one

  of the first to be based on a large national sample;

Gay and lesbian adoptive parents; and

The grown son of two lesbians, who raised him

  in the 1980s and 1990s.


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The national debate over gay marriage is making way for its natural consequence: gay parenting.

Since gay and lesbian people will not become pregnant by accident, many of them are turning to adoption, both international and domestic. With a patchwork of laws, the states are anything but united in what makes a family.

About the Filmmaker
John Ireland works as a freelance
journalist and filmmaker, based in
Los Angeles. “I am fascinated by
democracy in action,” he says. 
“In my work, I get to meet people
who have passion for life… who
choose to live life on their own
terms. It’s where these lives and
the rest of society intersect where I find the story.”
He has focused on the gay rights movement, the electoral process, the effects of linguistics and semantics on everyday exchanges that connect us to one another.
As a journalist, Ireland has been published in numerous periodicals, including Newsweek, In These Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Tampa Tribune, and the Advocate. He contributed a chapter to the book, Losing It: The Virginity Myth. Ireland has a B.S. in Languages & Linguistics, with a focus on Political Science from Georgetown University.
He can be reached through

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