Victory for gay adoptive parents

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August 4, 2007


"The federal appeals court in Denver on Friday struck down Oklahoma's law that bans state recognition of out-of-state adoptions by same-sex parents.

"The ruling is a victory for gay and lesbian couples who adopt children.

"...An attorney for the same-sex parents, Kenneth Upton, speaking from his office in Dallas, said, 'We're just real happy for these parents and their kids.'

"Upton, of the gay-rights group, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said no other state has a similar law. 'This was the most extreme example of punishing children because you don't approve of their parents.'

"He said the law punished children because it legally orphaned them. 'What the state was saying (to the children) is that they are not your parents. That is just wrong.'"