Cusick, Tom and Kranz, Rachel. "Gay Rights." 2000. Pg 68-69.
Before the late 1970's people didn't even think about the idea of letting gays and lesbians adopt a child. However, as gay rights groups fought for the right of gay adoption it became more excepted, at least in some parts of the U.S it did. Individal gays and lesbians were sometimes allowed to adopt throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. It was very rare to see a gay or lesbian couple adopt a child. The turning point for that was in December 1997 in New Jersey. A lawsuit forced that state to allow gay, lesbian, and unmarried heterosexuals to adopt children. However, gay adoption does remain out the question in some states, but other states are now granting laws that make it legal. As of today, about half of the states allow individuals in a gay or unmarried heterosexual relationship adopt children. However the adoptions become more problematic when it involves a homosexual couple.