Although the court couched the ruling in terms of the constitutional right of full faith and credit, not the inalienable rights of gay and Lesbian couples, the ruling is nonetheless a victory.
The Court found as follows: “[The Alabama court’s analysis] is not consistent with this Court’s controlling precedent. Where a judgment indicates on its face that it was rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction, such jurisdiction ‘is to be presumed unless disproved.’ There is nothing here to rebut that presumption.” The Alabama court’s reading, the Court added, “would comport neither with Georgia law nor with common sense.”
What does this mean for you? It means that if you are a Gay, Lesbian, or Queer couple in the San Francisco bay area and you obtain an order or decree of adoption (under the laws of California) then every other state must acknowledge the adoption as valid, even if that state itself would try and deny the adoption. The attorneys at Jones & Devoy have experience helping same sex couple adopt and can help you secure your rights for your family.