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Lawsuit challenges Mississippi's ban on same-sex adoptions

Florida readers may be interested to learn that a group of activists has filed a lawsuit challenging Mississippi's ban on adoptions by same-sex couples. The complaint was filed on Aug. 12, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned gay marriage bans nationwide.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who include four same-sex couples along with activists from the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council, contend that Mississippi's ban on adoption by gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional because it discriminates against couples who are legally married. The law is the only one of its kind in the country. According the 2010 census data, there are 3,484 same-sex couples living in Mississippi, one-third of whom are already raising children.

Among the lawsuit's plaintiffs are an engaged lesbian couple who feel compelled to adopt a foster child, wishing to change a child's life significantly. According to the complaint, there are 100 Mississippi children currently awaiting homes in the state's foster care system.

Several of the lawyers involved in the complaint were part of the lawsuit that overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage in 2014. Representatives at the Mississippi Attorney General's Office said they were reviewing the lawsuit.

Same-sex partners seeking to adopt a child in Florida may benefit by consulting with an attorney familiar with LGBT family law. An attorney could be helpful in avoiding legal pitfalls common to adoption and ensuring that the process is time and cost efficient.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Mississippi Ban On Adoption By Same-Sex Couples Challenged," Karen Brooks, Aug. 12, 2015

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