Number of Gay Couples Adopting on the Rise

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka adopted twins. Credit:Charles Eshelman, Getty Images

Today's modern family is looking a lot different than the "Leave it to Beaver" stereotype of days gone by.

More and more same-sex couples are adopting in the United States, The New York Times reports, with just Utah and Mississippi banning them from doing so. In fact, the newspaper adds, some 19 percent of gay couples report having adopted a child in 2009, more than twice the 8 percent who did so in 2000.

"The trend line is absolutely straight up," Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, tells The Times. "It's now a reality on the ground."

Legal battles still impede the process, however, according to the newspaper, primarily when it comes to marriage bans, but adoption advocates say they welcome gay couples.

"The reality is we really need foster and adoptive parents, and it doesn't matter what the relationship is," Moira Weir, director of the job and family services department in Hamilton County, Ohio, tells The Times. "If they can provide a safe and loving home for a child, isn't that what we want?"

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