Monday, March 7, 2016
SCOTUS Overturns Alabama Ruling against Gay Adoption
SCOTUS was on it this morning.
They just overturned an Alabama Supreme Court decision that denied a lesbian mother parental rights for her adopted children. At the time, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that adoption wasn't valid. SCOTUS stepped in and said that the Alabama Supreme Court overstepped its authority by not recognizing the adoption.
To give you a gist of the news, it's starts with a lesbian mother known as V.L. V. L. sought visitation rights after her divorce with her lesbian partner, E.L.
E.L. gave birth to three children between 2002 and 2004, and S.L. sought the legal action to adopt the children. The couple were together for 14 years and then they broke up. V.L. asked an Alabama court to grant joint custody, and the court agreed to do so.
But then the Alabama Supreme Court got involved and threw out the original court order, stating that the Georgia court misinterpreted Georgia law. Weird, but that's what they did. Later the case reached SCOTUS and they full restored the rights to V.L. as an adoptive parent.
I hope this ruling sends a message to other state courts who oversteps their authority. And to Alabama in general.