Thursday, October 18, 2007

Finally - and Forever - a Family

It was an historic day in Maine.

So said Cumberland County Judge of Probate Joseph Mazziotti, who yesterday signed and certified documents naming Ann Courtney and Marilyn Kirby the legal parents of the two siblings they have been raising for the past six years.

Packed with friends, family, and supporters, the courtroom erupted in applause when Mazziotti announced that six-year-old Ryan and 10-year-old Michelle after years of struggle finally had two legal parents—parents he described as some of the best-qualified, most caring he’d met in his time on the bench.

“It’s a wonderful day for our family,” Marilyn said later at a celebration at the family’s home in Portland. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Read about the recent ruling by the Maine Law Court that led to this historic day.

See the Press Coverage on this Story: – Channel 8, Portland (Video) – Channel 6, Portland

Portland Press Herald

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