Judge kills same sex-adoption ban

Apr 5, 2016

Photo credit: Rogelio V. Solis, AP

By Mollie Bryant

A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to bar Mississippi from carrying out its law preventing same-sex couples from adopting, according to a court order filed Thursday.

The order was issued the day after the state Senate passed the Religious Liberty Accommodation Act, which would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. It also would allow clerks to deny same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples.

Written by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III, the order argued that the state’s law barring the adoptions “obviously targets married gay couples and limits their rights.” Furthermore, the court argued that the Department of Human Services’ policy violates the constitution’s equal protection clause as the result of last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that laws against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

DHS’ current adoption policy doesn’t allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin, but sexual orientation and gender identity aren’t included, court records show.

The order was filed in a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Human Services that argues the state’s adoption policy is unconstitutional. On behalf of four same-sex couples, the Campaign for Southern Equality and Family Equality Council filed the lawsuit last year against DHS, as well as Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood, whom Jordan dismissed as defendants.

In a written response to the ruling, Roberta Kaplan, lead attorney in the case, said: “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.”


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9 comments on “Judge kills same sex-adoption ban

  • @OP – 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.

    Don’t know-it-all god-deluded bigots love obstructing the normal running of other people’s lives!



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  • I would not have waited so long.. I would have left that godforsaken piece of dirt a long while ago.
    But this ruling (albeit long overdue) is yet another, welcome, smack in the faces of those fairy-loving
    idiots.. When will they stop harrassing other minded People, in stead of whining about their rights
    being violated all the time (which is clearly not the case anyway)



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  • So, because other Christians do dumb stuff, or say dumb stuff that makes us “fairy love idiots”? Silly atheist, you are the kind of guy that makes people think atheists are a$$holes…



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  • adam updike #3
    Apr 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

    But this ruling (albeit long overdue) is yet another, welcome, smack in the faces of those fairy-loving idiots.. When will they stop harrassing other minded People, in stead of whining about their rights

    So, because other Christians do dumb stuff, or say dumb stuff that makes us “fairy love idiots”?

    Nope!
    Believing in, and worshipping sky-fairies, makes people fairy lovers, while tribalistic identification, which takes justified criticism of other bigoted Christians as personal, shows the problem of the religious “in-group thinking” which defends the indefensible activities of fellow members of the tribe! – Often with abuse directed at rational critics.



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  • The problem is that i don’t “identify” with the tribe at all, if the tribe are those Christians who are naive towards atheism. Saying that i believe in a “sky-fairy” is not only wrong, but it also makes Christians sound like they believe in fairy tales. My original point was that because some Christians are retarded in the way they go about atheism and other modern secular advancements (like gay rights etc.) it gives all of the Christians who actually know what the hell they are talking about a bad name. As well as the atheist that says the Christians believe in “sky-fairies”. It confirms the stereotype against atheists that says that they are just douchebags.



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  • adam updike #5
    Apr 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Saying that i believe in a “sky-fairy” is not only wrong, but it also makes Christians sound like they believe in fairy tales.

    Sky-gods, sky-fairies, angels flying around clouds, – are all from mythology (sometimes called “fairy-tales”)! Admitted it is a colourful description, but it certainly describes historical Christianity! (Have a look at some religious paintings and some stained glass windows!)

    Christians are retarded in the way they go about atheism and other modern secular advancements (like gay rights etc.) it gives all of the Christians who actually know what the hell they are talking about a bad name.

    That is the problem with religious thinking based on “faith”. There are thousands of versions of the stories, with “believers” making a range of claims from fundamentalist literal interpretations, to those who claim The Bible is rhetorical, so they can just pick out the bits they like and discard all the nasty stuff which advocates antisocial activities.

    Christians who actually know what the hell they are talking about a bad name.

    Actually when it comes to what is written in the OT Bible, or the 4 gospels selected by Roman Bishop Athanasius in the 4th century as the New Testament, I find very few Christians know what they are talking about in terms of Biblical history!
    Some even believe there are eye-witness accounts included, rather than mythology!

    As well as the atheist that says the Christians believe in “sky-fairies”. It confirms the stereotype against atheists that says that they are just douchebags.

    Personal abuse is usually the sign of closed minds, which are unable to produce evidence, or a rational argument to support their claims.



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  • Hi Adam. I think you have to first take account of where you’re posting. Obviously you are welcome here. Most of us are very friendly and differ in no way from any other group with the exception of our (mostly) collective disbelief in a supernatural force that created and governs the universe (which in most cases very narrowly applies to and naively means the earthly world). But you’re not on a Xtian site promoting and discussing Xtian topics. You are on a secular site. Secularism in its various permutations is the default here. It is within this wide prism that most of us post and discuss here. But others are welcome. And we hope, if by osmosis if all else fails, that they can come over to our way of thinking about things. Which is to say, inquiry; critical thinking; problem solving. Not simply “atheism” (though the attributes I mentioned generally lead to this or a similar conclusion; however if you want to sail straight to level 7 be our guest!) But since your ID seems to be “young earth 2016” I’m pretty sure I just wasted a few moments of my precious time. I should have checked your call letters first [sigh].

    Also, see Alan’s posts above. He’s far more patient with the blow by blow than I am.



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  • adam updike #5
    Apr 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    My original point was that because some Christians are retarded in the way they go about atheism and other modern secular advancements (like gay rights etc.) it gives all of the Christians who actually know what the hell they are talking about a bad name.

    While I welcome your enlightened approach to gay rights etc, unfortunately many millions of Christians and Christian leaders, are stuck in the dark ages!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35994408

    Pope Francis has published new guidelines on family life

    Gay people: “Every person, regardless of sexual orientation, ought to be respected in his or her dignity and treated with consideration… As for proposals to place unions between homosexual persons on the same level as marriage, there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family”.

    This looks very much like double-talk and denial of equal status for a same sex family with adopted children!
    Patronising “consideration”, is not the same as “equality”!



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