In the wake of the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage, the Campaign for Southern Equality, the Family Equality Council and four Mississippi same-sex couples have challenged Mississippi’s 2000 law forbidding same-sex couples to adopt or foster children. Two of the couples are seeking second parent adoption, while the other two wish to adopt from foster care.
Legal experts view the case as a simple, straight-forward one. Ronald Krotoszynski, a constitutional law professor at the University of Alabama, said “I think it would be hard to draw a principled distinction between marriage and adoption, so it shouldn’t be a hard case,” referring to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages.
The case, however, is best summed up by 8-year-old Hannah Marie Phillips, daughter of one of the plaintiffs. “We want the other name on the birth certificate like my first mom, because both of my moms want to be a mommy.”