ACLU Sues North Carolina Over Gay Adoption
The goal is to allow gays to adopt the children of their partners.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed the lawsuit in federal court in Greensboro, N.C., on behalf of six North Carolina same-sex couples who support so-called second parent adoptions.
ACLU legal director Chris Brook said North Carolina’s highest court in 2010 banned second parent adoptions for unmarried couples, whether straight or gay. That ruling prevents those couples from jointly adopting children.
But the ACLU lawsuit focused on same-sex couples.
It said second parent adoptions are the only way a North Carolina family with gay or lesbian parents can ensure that both parents have a legal relationship with their child.