Mississippi is the last state in the country to allow same-sex couples to legally adopt children. Since 2000, Mississippi has had an anti-gay adoption law in place, but a federal judge declared that ban unconstitutional on Thursday, reports The Huffington Post.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan who issued the ruling said his decision "foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage."
Four same-sex couples brought the challenge against Mississippi's ban last year, two of whom have not been able to legally adopt the children they've raised since birth for nine and 16 years. Now that the ban is overturned, they will be able to have the rights and privileges given to any adoptive parent in the country.
Rob Hill, Mississippi state director for the Human Rights Campaign, praised the decision saying "Judge Jordan has repudiated reprehensible efforts by our elected leaders to deny legal rights to our families. They are on the wrong side of history, and today's decision confirms, yet again, that they are also on the wrong side of the law."
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