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Supreme Court reverses Alabama's refusal to recognize same-sex adoption

The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision from Alabama's top court Monday that refused to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption, USA Today reports.

Two Alabama women in a relationship had established temporary residency in Georgia so that one woman could more easily adopt the other's three biological children. When the pair split, the adoptive parent, known as V.L., went to court for visitation rights. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Georgia had mistakenly granted the couple joint custody and refused to recognize the adoption.

The Supreme Court's reversal, USA Today notes, has the potential to affect same-sex couples who move to or live in Alabama, as well as same-sex couples in other states that challenge the legality of their adoptions.