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“Family Stability Hinges on Outcome in Court’s Handling of Gay Adoption,” National Law Journal

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Adam G. Unikowsky examines the implications of a case in which he is representing a lesbian mother seeking adoption rights.  In V.L. v. E.L., V.L. legally adopted three children in Georgia, but after she and the biological mother, E.L., broke up, V.L. sought shared custody or visitation in Alabama.  The Alabama Supreme Court held that V.L.’s adoption was “void.”  Mr. Unikowsky and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a petition for certiorari on V.L.’s behalf; it is pending before the US Supreme Court.  “We are hopeful that the court will grant the petition for certiorari and reverse the judgment of the Alabama Supreme court.  Such a decision would protect the vitality of the full faith and credit clause and vindicate the stability of adoptive families in Alabama and nationwide,” the authors conclude.  Mr. Unikowsky wrote the article with Cathy Sakimura, family law director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.