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Supreme Court Sides With Lesbian Parent Denied Adoption Rights In Alabama

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 7/03/2016 Cristian Farias

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a lesbian mother who was denied adoption rights by the state of Alabama after she had moved to the state from Georgia, where she was the lawful parent of children she had raised from birth.

The court based its decision in the Constitution's full faith and credit clause, which instructs states to give force and effect to judgments obtained in other states, irrespective of whether the law doesn't match up from one state to the next. 

"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," said the court's decision in V.L. v. E.L., which was unsigned and and did not note any dissenting opinions. "It follows that the Alabama Supreme Court erred in refusing to grant that judgment full faith and credit."

The ruling did not cite anywhere last summer's blockbuster decision finding that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. But many observers saw it as an outgrowth of it, given that it implied the parental rights of a lesbian couple.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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