Supreme Court considering same-sex adoption case in West Virginia

The state Supreme Court will decide whether a baby girl will stay with the lesbian couple in Fayette County that wants to adopt her.

A judge in Fayette County has already called for the child, who is just more than a year old, to be removed from the home in favor of a more ‘traditional’ home with a mother and a father.

On Tuesday, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia filed a friend of the court brief asking the Supreme Court to side with the lower court ruling.

“The state should do everything it can to make sure that kids are placed in a home with a married mom and dad. The law is simple and it is very clear when it comes to adoption,” says Jeremy Dys, President and General Counsel for the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

The child had originally been placed in foster care with Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess after being born to a drug addicted mother in late 2007. The Department of Health and Human Resources had approved the couple for foster care.

The lesbian couple now has custody of the young girl pending the outcome of the appeal the state Supreme Court is considering.

In the appeal, attorneys for the couple say the Fayette County judge is setting a ‘dangerous precedent’ for discriminatory treatment of nontraditional families.

2 thoughts on “Supreme Court considering same-sex adoption case in West Virginia

  • January 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm
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    And if they can’t find a “traditional” family with a no-abusive mother and father, then what? Leave the child to get lost within the state system?

  • June 3, 2009 at 4:52 am
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    This nation is so messed up, that they leave children with abusive parents, in houses that sell drugs. But God forbid that they go to loving parents just because that it doesn’t fit into peoples idea of “normal”. Even though thats why or forefathers left in the first place because they were not “normal”.

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