Federal judge strikes down Mississippi ban on same-sex couple adoptions

Federal judge strikes down Mississippi ban on same-sex couple adoptions
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A federal judge struck down Mississippi’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples Thursday — making the practice legal nationwide.

“We are obviously thrilled with today’s ruling, but our clients are beyond ecstatic,” said Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the case for the Campaign for Southern Equality, a North Carolina-based activist group, which represented four Mississippi couples in the suit along with the Massachusetts-based Family Equality Council. …

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan derided the state’s lawyers for offering what he called a “tepid” defense of the 2000 statute, criticizing them for not even trying to justify the legality of the law.

Instead, they argued that the gay and lesbian rights groups didn’t have legal standing to sue — and said they wouldn’t have enforced the law anyway.

Mississippi was the last state to have such a ban on the books after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision last year legalizing same-sex marriage.

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