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Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Indiana Supreme Court Lets Gay Adoption Stand

Indiana's Supreme Court denied transfer of a court of appeals decision that allows unmarried couples, including those of the same sex, to adopt children through a joint petition that gives both partners equal custody.  The April ruling by the Indiana Court of Appeals had overturned a lower court's ruling that state law limits adoption to married couples and individuals.  In a dissenting opinion from the denial of transfer, Judge Dickson argued that "by denying transfer in this case, we are missing a valuable and important opportunity to minimize uncertainty and confusion until such time as the legislature provides explicit superceding reclarification."

In re Adoption of M.W.,  2006 Ind. LEXIS 675 (August 3, 2006)
Opinion on the web  (last visited August 9, 2006 bgf)

Read the LA Times article on the case (last visited August 9, 2006 bgf)
Thanks to Professor June Carbone for the news tip!

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