In 2002, Boseman’s former partner, Melissa Jarrell, gave birth to the couple’s six-year-old son, whom she conceived through artificial insemination. Boseman [pictured] adopted the baby three years later when Jarrell initiated legal proceedings in Durham County District Court making Boseman an adoptive co-mother.
After the couple split up, Jarrell then sought to void Boseman’s parental rights.
The three-judge panel said Jarrell’s and Boseman’s status as a former same-sex couple had no bearing on the case and that the result would have been the same in a case involving a heterosexual couple.
Boseman has had a successful legislative career and was re-elected to a third term last November. She was the primary sponsor of the GLBT-inclusive School Violence Prevention Act.
North Carolina law allows single GLBT people to adopt, but has been unclear on the issue of joint adoption and second-parent adoption by same-sex couples. Although North Carolina has no state constitutional amendment addressing the issue of marriage, lawmakers approved in 1996 a statutory Defense of Marriage Act denying same-sex couples any of the rights or privileges of marriage.