by Just An American | March 8, 2016 12:27 pm
REALLY!? According to reports, the Supreme Court is meddling. They have decided to reverse an Alabama court’s refusal to recognize a same-sex adoption…and now a whole can of worms has been opened up and they are crawling everywhere…
The charges were brought before the court by an Alabama woman, after her state’s highest court refused to recognize the adoption she and her former lesbian partner were granted in Georgia. The couple never actually married, and have since split up.
The recent decision addressed a heated debate in the Supreme Court: Can gays and lesbians be denied adoption rights?
The woman is identified only as “V.L.” in court papers, and her former partner as “E.L.” E.L. reportedly gave birth to three children between 2002 and 2004, while the couple was still together. To win adoption rights, the couple established temporary residency in Georgia.
Now that the couple has split, E.L. stood behind the Alabama Supreme Court in assertions that Georgia mistakenly granted V.L. joint custody.
“The Georgia court had no authority under Georgia law to award such an adoption, which is therefore void and not entitle to full faith and credit,” E.L.’s lawyers argued.
“A state may not disregard the judgment of a sister state because it disagrees with the reasoning underlying the judgment or deems it to be wrong on the merits,” the reversal ruling from the Supreme Court read. Instead, Alabama was asked to give “full faith and credit” to Georgia court’s decision.
This has been a common debate in the wake of the decision to legalizing same-sex marriage in June. About 30 states grant “second-parent adoptions” to gay and lesbian couples by law or lower court rulings. The adoptions tend to benefit adults who do not share a biological connection.
“The Supreme Court’s reversal of Alabama’s unprecedented decision to void an adoption from another from another state is a victory not only for our client but for thousands of adopted families,” Cathy Sakimura, family law director, commented. “No adoptive parent or child should have to face the uncertainty and loss of being separated years after their adoption just because another state’s court disagrees with the law that was applied in their adoption.”
This is not the last we’ll hear of this… I’m calling it now, this is going to become A LOT more complicated and a lot more rowdy, this is just the beginning, because when you’re changing laws, and bending rules…there’s consequences, and that comes in the form of chaos. This poor poor child.
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