Lousiana Must Recognize Out-of-State Gay Adoptions

For those of you who have not yet heard, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday (in a unanimous decision, no less) that the State of Louisiana must recognize the New York same-sex adoption of a Louisiana child even though Louisiana does not itself grant same-sex adoptions.

The State of Louisiana refused to provide an updated birth certificate to a gay couple who went to New York to legally adopt a child born in Louisiana. At the time, Louisiana held fast to its argument that it did not have to recognize an adoption from another state that Louisiana would not perform itself.

Read the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision (in .pdf format).

[Thanks to Gideon Alper’s Gay Couples Law Blog]

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copyright 2010 Irene C. Olszewski

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