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Supreme Court Denies Petition in Louisiana Adoption Case

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by Lambda Legal to review a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that is dangerous to LGBT parents.  The decision allowed the Louisiana State Registrar to refuse Oren Adar and Mickey Smith’s request to have their names put on the birth certificate of their Louisiana-born son, whom they legally adopted in New York.

Although the U.S. Constitution requires that judgments issued by a court in one state be legally binding in other states, including judgments regarding adoption, the Fifth Circuit’s decision carves out an exception to this principle – an exception that is particularly damaging to LGBT parents. While the Supreme Court denied hearing this case, it may choose to take up the issue when a similar question is put before it in the future.

We thank Lambda Legal for challenging the State of Louisiana on behalf of Mr. Adar and Mr. Smith.  Their work in this case will undoubtedly lay the framework for overturning this dangerous Fifth Circuit decision in the future.

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