Mississippi judge allows adoption by same-sex couples


There is jubilation all around; maybe not for all, but at least in the corridors of the LGBT community there is widespread relief and joy that they have been provided a further lifeline to enjoy their life like normal people.

LGBT couples have been pining to legally adopt children since it is not possible for the same-sex couples to have children of their own due to their sexual preferences; they have traditionally been prevented by the community from adopting children.

Many of them, including singles, have resorted to steps like artificial insemination to fulfill their aspirations; but, help is on hand to grant them the much-needed relief and the right to parenthood without compromising on their sexual preferences.

The decades old battle pertaining to the legal sustainability of the ban, which prohibits Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Trans-genders from officially adopting children, has finally been laid to rest, at least for the moment; a Mississippi US district judge, in a path-breaking verdict, has ruled that the sixteen year old ban imposed by the state of Mississippi on LGBT couples adopting children is unconstitutional.

This historic judgment by a US Federal judge marks the culmination of protracted legal battles which the LGBT community and other human rights activists have been engaged in to ensure that they have access to the same rights as the normal straight citizens have under the constitutional provisions of the law as applicable to ALL citizens.

While delivering the judgment, he opined that the purpose of legalizing gay marriages was a positive step in the direction of providing the constitutional rights envisaged for all citizens; these rights did include the right to adoption since it ensures that the LGBT parents live a life like any other parent.

Judge Jordan, by his landmark judgment, also ensured that he was in line with the historic judgment last year legalizing gay marriages in the United States of America forever.

The relief and joy of the whole gay community is due to the efforts of four LGBT couples, who launched the litigation last year; the Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council was also a party to the dispute.

Meanwhile, the huge lobby of activists and others who are opposing the legislations in favor of LGBTs are going to great lengths to not only obstruct all such moves, but also to create new hurdles for pre-empting the favorable actions by creating and passing legislation that will, at least delay the granting of the LGBT citizens their full rights.

It is learnt that the Mississippi and North Carolina states have put forth proposals under the religious freedom bill to permit public officials and businesses to refuse to perform or participate in transactions which involve LGBTs and which violates your religious beliefs.

In line with this thinking, a clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples last year caused a huge uproar and protests by LGBTs.

So, the battle for the rights of LGBTs is far from over; the devout religious groups remain the biggest hurdle because of their massive following, endless financial clout and their huge control over the hearts and minds of a majority of the voting public irrespective of caste or creed, color of skin or financial status.

While the battle for the supremacy of the hardliners on both sides keeps negotiating the troughs and tresses, our own Supreme Court in Philippines has chosen to get into the act and issued a direction to the Civil Registrar to file a response within 10 days; Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III is the petitioner and an open homosexual who claims to have been personally affected due to the opposition to same gender relations.

It may be remembered that there are some socio-economic factors that are active in the issue of adoption of same sex couples adopting children to live a normal life.

While it fulfils their desires and aspirations to love and be loved, it also allows alleviating the problems of street children, juvenile prostitution and homelessness.

Hence, without prejudice to the rights or religious leanings of the Philippine public, it can be stated that allowing same gender couples and singles to adopt the poor children will be tantamount to providing a second chance to the unattached children who live a life of deprivation, normally.

Just imagine what a wonderful change it will be for a destitute Filipino orphan to live in a plush house with all worldly comforts away from the dangers of street living and sexual exploitation.

There are more than 70,000 children living in homes of LGBTs in the 50 states of the United States of America in addition to those living in normal heterosexual foster homes as per a study conducted by UCLA.


Author: Umrao Singh