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Legislature OKs bill on adoption preference

Legislation to give married couples a tie-breaker preference over singles for state-arranged adoptions is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The Senate’s 19-10 vote on Tuesday for the bill already approved by the House completes legislation action.

The bill would require the state to give married couples a limited preference over single adults when placing children in adoptive homes. The bill says the preference would apply if all other criteria are equal.

The Department of Economic Security is supposed to consider such factors as possible placements with relatives of the child, established relationships with other people and wishes of children 12 or older.

Social conservatives support the bill. Gay-rights advocates oppose it.

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