Which states ban gay adoption?

No U.S. state bans gay adoption. Utah bans single people (of any sexual orientation) from adopting.

However, as of 2017, in several states, gay couples are routinely denied adoption, even though there is no ban in effect:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Missouri
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Wisconsin

No state except Utah bans single people (of any sexual orientation) from adopting. Gay couples are banned from joint adoption in 13 States as of 2014:

Kentucky

Michigan

Nebraska

North Carolina

Ohio

Mississippi

Alabama

Idaho

Louisiana

North Dakota

South Carolina

South Dakota

Utah

Wyoming

Wisconsin

In 20 other states, although there is no ban in effect, gay couples are routinely denied adoption:

Alaska

Arizona

Florida

Georgia

Kansas

Montana

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

West Virginia

Missouri

Idaho

Louisiana

North Dakota

South Carolina

South Dakota

Wyoming

Wisconsin