209 A.D.2d 8 (1995)

In the Matter of Dana. G.M., Appellant

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department.

April 3, 1995

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Beatrice Dohrn, New York City (David B. Schacher of counsel), for appellant.

Dennis C. Vacco, Attorney-General, New York City (Sanford M. Cohen, Majorie Fujiki, Dana Biberman and Angie I. Martell of counsel), for State of New York, amicus curiae.

Susan L. Hendricks, New York City, for Center Kids, Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, Inc.; and Richard G. Ashworth, New York City, for Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International, amici curiae (One brief filed.)

Janet Gallagher, New York City (Jacqueline Deane and Cynthia Kern of counsel), for Association of the Bar of the City of New York, amicus curiae.


Per Curiam.

The question to be resolved on the instant appeal is whether the adoption statute of this State permits the adoption of a child by the female life partner of the child's natural mother. In our view, this question must be answered in the negative.


The petitioner, G.M., has lived with her life partner, P.I., since 1976. In 1989, G.M. and P.I. decided to have a child whom they planned to raise...

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