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Plaintiff in Gay Adoption Case Declined by Supreme Court Speaks Out: VIDEO


MSNBC's Thomas Roberts spoke with Oren Adar today, whose case was declined this week by the Supreme Court.

As you may recall, in February 2010, a federal appeals court upheld a December 2008 ruling by U.S. District Court judge Jay Zainey ordering the state of Louisiana to list both names of adopted gay parents, Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, on their son's birth certificate. Their son was born in Louisiana but they adopted him in New York. The couple now lives in Orlando, and their case was overturned in April. In July, Lambda Legal asked the Supreme Court to take on the case. This week, they declined.

Our legal expert Ari Ezra Waldman wrote about the underlying case in his law column today.

Wrote Ari:

The Supreme Court declined to comment on its denial of cert, so we have to look to the Fifth Circuit's majority for the governing law. And, when we peel back that majority's seemingly reasonable outer layer, we're left with mind-numbing inanity. The Fifth Circuit has carved out a strange exception to a state's responsibility to recognize out-of-state adoption judgments and it has done so without justification.

Check Ari's piece out HERE.

Watch Thomas Roberts speak with Adar, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So much for "equal justice under law"

    Posted by: miKem | Oct 12, 2011 8:08:51 PM

  2. The main reason I'll be supporting Obama for re-election next year is the Supreme Court. We don't need more Roberts and Alitos and Scalias.

    We need more Sotomayors and Kagans. And the only way we'll get them is to re-elect Obama.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 12, 2011 9:44:32 PM

  3. Sean, you are absolutely correct! Obama's reelection is the only way we'll get some balance back in the federal judiciary, after all the years of the benches being stacked with rightwingers.

    Posted by: albert | Oct 13, 2011 12:58:55 AM

  4. I wonder why NBC gives Thomas all the gay stories to cover?

    Posted by: jhr459 | Oct 13, 2011 3:00:09 AM

  5. @ JHR459 :

    Because Thomas is openly gay and not on primetime!


    Posted by: George F | Oct 13, 2011 10:17:15 AM

  6. SCOTUS declined to hear the case, which requires 4 justices, so only at most 3 wanted to hear this case. It's not at all clear if any of the 4 liberal justices wanted to hear this case. Also, we don't know the makeup of the fifth circuit court and how the ruling went down, particularly what dissent, if any, was made. This is probably an example of a low priority case simply not being worth the court's time.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 13, 2011 11:28:14 AM

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