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April 13th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Breaking down barriers so foster kids can find a family

By Danielle Berger, CNN

Seattle (CNN) - David Wing-Kovarik and his partner, Conrad, were ready to adopt a child.

They moved through all their requirements smoothly, even completing an orientation and training course for prospective parents.

Then they were confronted with their first real stumbling block.

"Our adoption agent said, 'Well, you both look the same on paper, so who's going to be the parent?'" Wing-Kovarik recalls.

In Arizona, where the couple lived at the time, only individuals and legally married couples may adopt from the U.S. foster care system. But because a same-sex couple cannot legally marry in the state, only one parent can be granted legal rights to the child.

"We saw (it) as a disadvantage to the child," said Wing-Kovarik, 47. "We, frankly, got very angry about it when we thought about everybody else that was in the (training) class. None of them were asked this question. And it came down to the fact that we were a male couple. This was when we first experienced how being that gay couple just adds to the complexity of the whole process. It makes it much harder."

In 18 states and the District of Columbia, same-sex couples can jointly petition to adopt a child. But in the other states, such as Arizona, the law either restricts joint adoption or is unclear.

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Engage: 'War on Women' has parties fighting for women's vote
A comment about Ann Romney's qualifications to advise her husband on women's economic issues has sparked discussion.
April 13th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Engage: 'War on Women' has parties fighting for women's vote

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

In 'War on Women,' who wins female voters? - National Public Radio

Statistics disprove myths about black crime in the U.S. - Colorlines

Polls indicate opinion divide on Trayvon Martin case, but not on self-defense principles - The Los Angeles Times

Federal complaint alleges businessman of Ponzi scheme that defrauded church members - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A history of the LGBT punk movement - Out Magazine

April 13th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Rare photos of Jackie Robinson, 65 years after his major league debut

This weekend marks the 65th anniversary of baseball legend Jackie Robinson's major league debut.  It was 1947, and he was the first black player in the major leagues - the man who broke the color barrier in America's favorite pastime. In celebration of the mark he left on history, LIFE magazine collected rare photos - some unpublished - that appeared in the magazine during the 1950s.

LIFE's Ralph Morse shot some of the images when he covered the 1955 World Series for the magazine.

“I didn’t know anything about shooting baseball. I planted myself between photographers for the New York Times and the Daily News, and when they pointed their cameras at something, I pointed mine, too," Morse recently told LIFE.

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