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The Supreme Court Just Made a Ruling That Has a Major Impact on Gay Adoption

3/7/16
from Independent Journal,
3/7/16:

The United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Alabama woman who divorced her same-sex spouse and sought custody of their children, effectively voiding the state’s gay adoption rules. The woman, referred to in the case only by her initials, adopted her spouse’s children in Georgia. But after their divorce, a legal battle ensued in their home state of Alabama, where laws on same-sex couple adoptions are much more strict.

The court, in which no Justices dissented, held that: “The Georgia judgment appears on its face to have been issued by a court with jurisdiction, and there is no established Georgia law to the contrary.” The court also held that “it follows that the Alabama Supreme Court erred in refusing to grant that judgment full faith and credit.” BuzzFeed notes that the case will now return to Alabama for further proceedings. “The judgment of the Alabama Supreme Court is reversed, and the case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion,” the unsigned opinion concluded.

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