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Same-sex couples challenge Oklahoma adoption law

[JURIST] Three same-sex couples in Oklahoma have filed a federal lawsuit in a bid to overturn a state law that prohibits the state from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries. The lawsuit alleges that the amendment to the Oklahoma Adoption Code, "appears to sever legal ties between parents and their children whenever families led by same-gender couples enter the state of Oklahoma" and violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Governor Brad Henry signed the law in May after Attorney General Drew Edmondson issued an edict requiring the state to recognize all adoptions, regardless of the gender of the parents. Read the text of the Oklahoma House bill here. AP has more.

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