Various news outlets have reported that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has struck down the last remaining state law ban on adoption by same-sex couples. The Mississippi state law, which was enacted in 2000, succinctly stated, "Adoption by couples of the same gender is prohibited." The lawsuit was filed by four lesbian couples in 2015. The Court's decision means that it is now legal for same-sex couples in all states to adopt children.
NPR's coverage of the decision can be read here.
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