Same-sex marriage leads to adoption denial


An appeals court says a Mobile County woman can't adopt her female partner's child because of an Alabama law defining marriage as being between a man and woman.The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Friday that the woman can't adopt her partner's child, even though the couple said they were married in California. {}The unanimous opinion, written by Presiding Judge Bill Thompson, says one member of the couple cannot adopt the other's child. The opinion says marriages between same-sex couples are not recognized in Alabama even if they were conducted in another state.A supporter of Alabama's law banning same sex marriage, Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa, said he believes this is the first time a court has upheld the 2009 Alabama Marriage Protection Act.