'Incredible' victory for marriage, family
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has ruled to protect marriage and the natural family.
Two New York homosexuals adopted a Louisiana-born baby and then filed suit to try to force Louisiana to show both men as the child's father on the birth certificate.
"That would be contrary to Louisiana law," explains Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law. "The full court of appeals said that the Full Faith and Credit Clause may have to recognize some things, but certainly you do not have to and cannot force another state to act contrary to its own policy regarding marriage and family."
The Christian attorney calls the decision "an incredible victory against the relentless efforts of activists" who advocate for special rights for those in same-sex relationships.
Staver compares this ruling to that in the Lisa Miller case, which involved a former lesbian who had a child in a legal civil union in Vermont, moved to Virginia, then faced a lawsuit from her former partner for child custody. He says Virginia courts got that decision wrong, leaving Miller's former partner the winner. But not so in Louisiana, says the Liberty Counsel founder.
"[This ruling] will protect states from being forced by others to adopt same-sex adoption laws or same-sex unions or same-sex marriage laws," he notes. "This is a great ruling for the states, for states' rights, and for the family and marriage."
In Louisiana, only married couples can adopt -- and the two homosexuals are not married because New York law does not permit it.http://www.onenewsnow.com/Legal/Default.aspx?id=1330056