The Alabama Supreme Court ruled a soured lesbian couple’s kids belonged only to the birth mother, despite the former mom being involved in their rearing for some time.
But now the highest court in the land has stepped in and is deciding whether or not to hear the case.
The two unnamed women, both from Alabama, traveled to Georgia in 2007 to adopt and give parental rights over the children born by her lover.
They obtained the adoption papers there, but now, eight years later and with their relationship in shambles, the birth mother is seeking to stop the other mother from any visitation rights or otherwise.
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of the birth mother, saying the adoption was never legal in the first place, but when the other mom appealed, the US Supreme Court stepped in and halted the lower court’s ruling.
SCOTUS has not decided to take the case, and if they decide not to the stay would crumble, returning sole rights to the birth mother. But if they decide to hear the case, another LGBTQ issue could be before the court in the next year.