Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to reverse an Alabama court’s decision not to recognize a same-sex adoption.
The case involved an Alabama woman who, after separating with her partner, sought visitation and custody rights over their children. The Alabama court refused to recognize her parental rights because the children are biologically related only to the other partner, and the adoption they pursued was completed in Georgia. According to the court, the state of Georgia did not adhere to its own adoption laws in this process, and therefore the adoption was not valid.
Then, the case moved on to the Supreme Court, who roundly rejected the reasoning of the state. The adoptive mother was allowed visitation with her children, and the decision marked yet another movement by the Supreme Court to protect the rights of same-sex parents.
- “Same-Sex Adoption Upheld By Supreme Court“ – NPR
- “U.S. Supreme Court Orders Adoption Recognition“ – PrideSource
- “United States Supreme Court Decides Second Parent Adoption Case” – Arizona Adoption Law
- “Supreme Court reverses Alabama court that denied lesbian woman’s adoption“ – USA Today