Same-Gender Couples are now allowed to Adopt Children in All 50 States
A federal judge passed the decision this Thursday that the ban imposed by Mississippi on couples of same-gender adopting children is illegal. This made gay adoption lawful in all fifty states.
Daniel Jordan, U.S. District Judge, delivered an initial injunction in contradiction of the ban, quoting the decision by Supreme Court authorizing same-gender marriage throughout the nation last summer. The injunction forbade Mississippi to enforce its law anti-gay adoption implemented some 16 years ago.
There were 4 same-gender couples who filed the case against law of Mississippi. They were later joined by the Family Equality Council and Campaign for Southern Equality.
According to plaintiffs’ lead attorney, there were 2 sets of their clients who had waited for more than nine and sixteen years in order to become legal parents to the kids they cared and loved from birth. They were of the view that Mississippi was showing a discriminated attitude towards the coluple just because they were gay that is a total violation of Constitution.
The ruling was also admired by the Mississippi state director of Human Rights Campaign, Rob Hill.
Mississippi law is stated in one simple sentence which says that the adoption by same gender couples is forbidden. It was implemented in 2000. Likewise Mississippi, many other states, like Michigan, Nebraska, Florida and Alabama had imposed similar bans, and all of these bans have now been reversed.
Till the ruling of this Thursday, Mississippi was the only holdout. There are still some states that have imposed restrictions on children adoption. There are still many other restrictions in practice for same-gender couples.
In a blog posted in 2013 for The Huffington Post, Ronnie Musgrove, previous Mississippi Gov. who approved the adoption bill, expressed he was in support of overturning it.