The Kentucky Supreme Court examines same-sex parental rights

Lawyers for both sides argued their case before the state Supreme Court on Thursday.

Lawyers for both sides argued their case before the state Supreme Court on Thursday.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Supreme Court is considering whether a woman has a right to intervene in an adoption case involving the child of her former same-sex partner.

One of the women, identified only as M.L. in court documents, had a child with the help of a sperm donor in 2006. The couple split up in 2011. The biological mother has since ended contact with her former partner, identified in documents as A.H., and has married a man. That man is trying to adopt the child, but A.H. is trying to block the adoption and is seeking shared custody.

Lawyers for both sides argued their case before the state Supreme Court on Thursday. It is one of several cases across the country seeking to sort out the parental rights of same-sex couples.

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