In a case of first impression, a New York appellate court has approved a lesbian couple's adoption of a 5-year-old girl. Despite the absence of specific legislative authority for adoption by two unmarried adults, the Appellate Division, 4th Department reversed a family court dismissal of the petition. The appellate court based its 3-2 ruling on a Court of Appeals decision that approved the adoption of the biological child of one parent by an unmarried partner.
Lesbian Couple's Adoption Petition Clears N.Y. Court
New York Law Journal
March 24, 2004