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Alabama appeals court voids same-sex partner’s child visitation order

Alabama appeals court voids same-sex partner’s child visitation order
Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn declared the rules unconstitutional.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama appeals court says a judge can’t order child visitation following the split-up of a same-sex couple.

gavelThe Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday that a Jefferson County judge was wrong to order child visitation for a woman who split up with her partner of 16 years.

The county judge based the decision on an adoption ruling issued in a Georgia case. But the Alabama appeals court says the ruling can’t stand because the Georgia court lacked the power to issue such an order.

The judges say the woman can’t have legal visitation rights in Alabama since she can’t have them in Georgia.

The ruling goes against a woman whose female partner gave birth to three children through artificial insemination.

Neither Alabama nor Georgia recognizes same-sex marriage.

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