Saturday, August 05, 2006
Thinking of the children, for real.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s Supreme Court let stand a ruling that allows unmarried couples, including those of the same sex, to adopt children through a joint petition that gives both partners equal custody.
In a 4-1 decision posted Friday, the high court refused to hear arguments in the case. That left in tact the April ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals, which had overturned a lower court’s ruling that state law limits adoption to married couples and individuals.
“The court acknowledged that two people can create a caring, stable, loving home for children without being married,” said Patricia Logue, senior counsel for Lambda Legal’s Midwest office in Chicago. “Not only is this a decision that will keep our clients’ family intact, but this is a victory for the thousands of children in Indiana desperately in need of a caring home.”
Logue represented a lesbian couple from Morgan County whose 2004 attempt to adopt a baby girl was approved by a judge in one county but denied by a judge in another.
Attorney General Steve Carter had hoped the state’s highest court would overturn the 2-1 appeals ruling.
Carter’s aides did not return messages left Friday by The Associated Press
I'm not sure how friendly Indiana is to GLBT people, but this is hopeful. Children need love, stability, discipline -- those things can come from either sex. So long as both halves of a couple is capable of caring for a child, what they do in their bedroom shouldn't be relevant. Adoption can make wonderful families and children deserve that. (As the aunt of an adopted child, I speak with a little experience. It always amazes me how quickly we forgot she was adopted. She's just ours. She always has been, always will be. I think of all the other children that are in need of homes and think, please gods, let them find them. Let them find what Kady has. Gay, straight, bi, whatever, let those children find families that love and want them as much as we want her.)