Monday, August 15, 2016

Same Sex Adoption Now Legal In All 50 States!

Today U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan ruled that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children is unconstitutional. This ruling making gay adoption legal in all 50 states.

Judge Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. This injunction in effect blocks Mississippi from enforcing its 16-year-old anti-gay adoption law.

In the ruling Jordan wrote that the Supreme Court ruling…

foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage. It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt — would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit.

You can read the full ruling HERE.

The challenge to Mississippi’s law was filed last year by four same-sex couples, who were joined by the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council.

Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement...

Two sets of our clients have waited many (almost 9 and 16) years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth. We hope that it should finally be clear that discrimination against gay people simply because they are gay violates the Constitution in all 50 states, including Mississippi.

Mississippi now joins several other states, including Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Michigan, that have all had similar bans, all have since been overturned.

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