Friday, August 31, 2007
Victory for Same-Sex Parents and Children in Maine
At last, Ann Courtney and Marilyn Kirby of Portland will be able to form a permanent, legal parental relationship with the two children they have raised as foster parents for the past six years. In a unanimous decision yesterday, Maine's Law Court stated clearly that unmarried couples are allowed to jointly petition to adopt under Maine law.
The children, 10-year-old "M" and her brother, six-year-old "R", were removed from their original home in 2001, when their biological parents were no longer able to care for them. They were placed with Ann, an attorney, and Marilyn, a counselor, who quickly re-organized their lives to address the children’s multiple emotional, learning, and developmental difficulties. The children have flourished under Ann and Marilyn’s care.
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