Watch this explanation of how the Supreme Court recently affirmed LGBTQ+ adoption rights; baby-stepping toward equality
When a couple breaks up it can be upsetting and devastating. However, when a lesbian couple broke up and fought each other in court for custody of their children, the fight ended up affirming the right of LGBTQ+ people to jointly adopt children across the entire country. In the video below, MSNBC correspondent Pete Williams explains how that happened:
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage could not be denied by any state in the union with the Obergefell v. Hodges case. After that landmark ruling, however, what comes next? For starters, there’s the possibility of divorce.
Consequences of divorce, such as contesting child custody, property ownership, and financial assets, are all very normal legal processes for straight married couples. But, the law hasn’t yet expanded to ensure LGBTQ+ couples experience the same proceedings. When the Alabama court ruled against same-sex adoption in response to a child custody dispute, it undermined the basic right of due process for LGBTQ+ individuals to arbitrate. The Supreme Court seems to have rectified that specific wrong, for now, but it’s just one step forward in what will be many steps to reach full equality for LGBTQ+ people in America. Hopefully, this trend of uphold equal protection at the highest court will continue to resolve other important issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.