The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Louisiana has to recognize the New York same-sex adoption of a Louisiana child even though Louisiana does not itself grant same-sex adoptions.
From the SD Union Tribune:
Yesterday’s unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel upheld a lower-court ruling. The judges said state law requires the registrar to list both adoptive parents’ names and said the official was violating the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution by refusing to honor an out-of-state adoption, even if the adoption wouldn’t have been granted to the same-sex couple under Louisiana law.Full faith-and-credit is what makes most marriages legal across state lines too. Except ours, thanks to DOMA.
As a matter of law, as well as justice, the failure to recognize GLBT relationships is not defensible. This ruling is another crack in the wall.