Judge In Mississippi Strikes Down Last US Same-Sex Adoption Ban
A judge ruled the state's 16-year-old ban is unconstitutional.By Eugene Daniels | April 1, 2016
Same-sex couples can now adopt children in every state in America. A judge in Mississippi has ruled the state's 16-year-old ban unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan says the law violated the Constitution's equal protection clause. Jordan also cited the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage last year in his ruling, saying, "It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt —would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit."
The legal battle over the ban began in 2015 when the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council sued the state's Department of Human Services on behalf of four same-sex couples.