Court panel restores rights of adopted kids

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August 20, 2007


"Should the legal ties between parents and their adopted child unravel if the family leaves the state where the adoption decree was handed down?

"Of course, not. The very idea is outrageous.

"But that's what Oklahoma lawmakers were striving for in 2004 with their chillingly titled 'Adoption Invalidation Law,' which targeted adopted children with gay parents.

"...Late last week, the Oklahoma Department of Health decided not to fight the ruling, so families headed by gay couples no longer need to fear traveling through or moving to Oklahoma with their adopted children.

"'We are winning on the front of, 'Hey don't mess with our kids,'" notes legal director Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal, which represented the gay parents who sued."