The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling on Monday, legitimized as many as 20,000 adoptions that had been placed in limbo by a lower court ruling. At issue was the use of second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples. "Our explicitly recognizing their validity will prevent uncertainty, conflict and protracted litigation in this area, all of which plainly are harmful to children caught in the middle," Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the court.
Justices Give Their Blessing to Gay Adoptions
August 5, 2003