On Mar. 31 a federal judge overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting a child.
U.S District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan cited the U.S Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on same-sex marriages.
Jorden wrote “The majority opinion foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage”
The case was brought by four same-sex couples wanting to adopt. It was also brought by the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council. The challenge to the ban was filed last year. Their lead attorney was Roberta Kaplan
“Two sets of our clients have waited many years to become legal parents to the children they have loved and cared for since birth” Said Roberta Kaplan in a statement.
The Human Rights Campaign’s Mississippi state director Rob Hill also released a statement
“ This welcome decision affirms that qualified same-sex couples in Mississippi seeking to become adoptive or foster parents are entitled to equal treatment under the law, and commits to the well-being of children in our state who need loving homes”
The ban on same-sex adoption was adopted in 2000. Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, who signed the bill into law supported the ruling
The ruling comes after Mississippi’s Senate passed a religious freedom bill that some call one of the worst bills for LGBT people. The bill would give businesses the right to deny service to LGBT people.