JACKSON, Miss. — Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care.
The request for a preliminary injunction comes in court papers filed Friday. It says an injunction would only affect the four couples who are plaintiffs.
The couples and two gay-rights groups filed suit Aug. 12 to challenge the 2000 adoption ban. It was not immediately clear how soon U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan will consider the request.
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The couples point out that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said in his 2014 State of the State address that he wanted all children to be born into a “mature, two-parent family.” They say allowing same-sex couples to adopt would help fulfill that goal.
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