Entry #1782: Same-sex adoption in Tennessee

Current Version

RegionTennessee
IssueSame-sex adoption
StatusLegal
Start DateJun 26, 2017
End Datenow
DescriptionAny single person is permitted to adopt per statute. State law allows any married individual to adopt their spouse's child via stepparent adoption, even though some counties or judges might give LGBT prospective parents trouble. Married LGBT couples can adopt jointly.
Sourceswww.lambdalegal.org/states-region/tennessee 36 TCA §36-1-115 https://www.familyequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/43-Tennessee-Snapshot.pdf


Revision History (1)

Revision by Notdog1996

Old Value (Original) New Value (Current)
ValueLegal
Value Specialambiguous
Start Date0000-01-012017-06-26
NoteAny person is permitted to adopt per statute, but second-parent adoption varies by judge and county. Since there has been no appellate decision on second-parent adoption, it is listed as ambiguous.Any single person is permitted to adopt per statute. State law allows any married individual to adopt their spouse's child via stepparent adoption, even though some counties or judges might give LGBT prospective parents trouble. Married LGBT couples can adopt jointly.
Sourceswww.lambdalegal.org/states-region/tennessee 36 TCA §36-1-115www.lambdalegal.org/states-region/tennessee 36 TCA §36-1-115 https://www.familyequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/43-Tennessee-Snapshot.pdf

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