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Attorney General: Gay couples can Adopt Children in Tennessee
NASHVILLE (AP)—Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper says there are no constitutional obstacles to gay couples adopting children.
The opinion released Wednesday was requested by Wilson County Circuit Judge Clara Byrd.
In it, Cooper wrote that, under the state constitution, same-sex couples should be eligible to adopt children as long as the court finds the placement to be in the child’s best interest.
Cooper found the constitution doesn’t mention adoption, meaning the process is governed solely by statutes.
Tennessee law doesn’t require people petitioning for adoption to be married.
Court records for adoption and juvenile cases are generally sealed from the public and details of the case prompting the opinion weren’t immediately available.
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July 02, 2013
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