The U.S. Supreme Court threw out a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court Monday that refused to recognize a same-sex adoption.
In an unsigned decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a challenge brought by a woman (known as V.L. in the court documents) who adopted the biological children of her long time partner (known as E.L.) years earlier in Georgia.
Before their breakup, E.L. bore three children and V.L. adopted them in Georgia because the laws were more favorable to their cause there than in Alabama.
After the two women ended their relationship and could not agree on custody, the Alabama court said that the court in Georgia had erred in their ruling and that V.L. had no parental rights to the children.
The Supreme Court disagreed and said the Georgia ruling must be upheld in Alabama.