Florida court: Washington decision applies in Florida

Posted on 14 May 2009 at 5:23pm
By Associated Press

Appeals court reverses lower court decision in case of lesbian couple

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Florida appeals court has reversed a lower court decision, ruling the state must give full faith and credit to adoptions granted to same-sex couples by other states.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal said Wednesday, May 13 that a trial court erred when it dismissed petitions entered in the state of Washington need not be recognized in Florida.

The justices concluded that a same-sex relationship is irrelevant for the purpose of enforcing the rights and obligations of an adoptive parent.

The case involved a lesbian couple who had two children together — each giving birth to one child and adopting the other’s non-biological child through a second-parent adoption in Washington where the women lived before moving to Florida.

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