The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling awarding primary custody of two children to a woman’s former lesbian partner, even though the ex-partner is not the biological parent.

The justices’ Nov. 28 decision to deny allocatur to Jones v. Jones [Boring] effectively upholds a Superior Court panel’s opinion affirming a Bucks County judge’s decision to award primary custody of twin boys to the nonbiological parent half of the couple, whose relationship ended after the two began raising the boys together.

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