The US Supreme Court has granted a lesbian mother visitation rights during her appeal of an Alabama Supreme Court order refusing to recognise her as a legal parent of her adopted children.
Just yesterday, the US Supreme Court granted an emergency order which permitted the woman to visit her children, who are aged 13, 11, and 11. She had raised them since birth but has been barred from seeing them since April.
The woman, who is only identified by V.L, said in a statement: “I’m overjoyed that my children and I will be able to be together again. It’s been so long – more time that I ever thought I could bear – since we have been able to be together and just do the everyday things that parents do with their children, like having dinner together and helping them with their homework.”
Despite the fact that V.L’s adoption of her children was granted back in 2007, the Alabama Supreme Court refused to recognise her adoption in September of this year. V.L had been in a relationship with the children’s biological mother, E.L, for sixteen years and was given consent to adopt them.
However, when the couple broke up, things quickly turned sour. As E.L kept V.L from seeing the children, even opposing her request for visitation and went so far as to argue that the Georgia adoption was not valid in Alabama, where they live.
Alabama’s high court found that they did not have to recognise the adoption, arguing that Georgia law does not allow second-parent adoptions. They then overturned a previous ruling from an Alabama family court, which recognised the adoption and have V.L visitation rights.
V.L went on to say: “I adopted my children more than eight years ago to be sure that I could always be there to protect them. This terrible Alabama decision has hurt my family and will hurt so many other families if it is not corrected.”
When putting her request to the U.S Supreme Court, V.L raised the point that the Alabama high court’s move is unprecedented.
It is definitely a shame that E.L is using n outdated discriminatory law to be vindictive towards her ex-partner, and maybe effecting the rights of gay parents everywhere. Here’s hoping for a happy ending.