Judge overturns same-sex adoption ban in Mississippi

Judge overturns same-sex adoption ban in Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III of the District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi Northern Division has overturned the state of Mississippi ban on same-sex adoption.

In a March 31 ruling, Jordan noted that the Mississippi Department of Human Services is prohibited from enforcing Mississippi Code section 93-17-3(5), which bans adoptions by couples of the same gender.

According to a press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality, Mississippi was the last state in the country to ban same-sex adoption.

"We are obviously thrilled with today's ruling, but our clients are beyond ecstatic.  And that is exactly as it should be.  Two sets of our clients have waited many (almost 9 and 16) years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth.  We hope that it should finally be clear that discrimination against gay people simply because they are gay violates the Constitution in all 50 states, including Mississippi," says Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the case.

The suit was filed by four same-sex couples, and two advocacy groups.

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