It’s official: A federal judge has overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children. That means it’s finally legal in all 50 states for a same-sex couple to adopt.
Mississippi’s law banning same-sex adoption went into effect in 2000. Alabama, Florida, Nebraska and Michigan all had similar bans in place, but while theirs were all overturned, Mississippi’s remained. Until now.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, citing the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide last summer. The injunction blocks Mississippi from enforcing its 16-year-old anti-gay adoption law.
The Supreme Court ruling “foreclosed litigation over laws interfering with the right to marry and rights and responsibilities intertwined with marriage,” Jordan wrote. “It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefits — expressly including the right to adopt — would then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit.”
This is an incredible moment, y’all. Families are families, no matter what we look like. Congratulations especially to you, Mississippi. <3
When I attend classes, I have my cute and adorable yet necessary service dog living with me and by my side 24/7. The morning of one of my final exams, she woke me up with her belly aching and grumbling, so we took the morning easy to get ready, and she seemed better by the time I had to leave for my test; tail wagging, acting like herself, eating normally–all was good.
Half an hour into the final exam, in a dead silent room, she lets rip the loudest, longest fart I’ve ever heard come from a living being in my life. She was so offended by the smell of her own gut fumes she insisted on sitting on the other side of my desk. It was funny the first time; everyone got a good laugh and settled back down pretty fast.
By the sixth time, the entire room smelled like a sulfur pit and it was distracting even to the proctor.
The whole following summer, my poor pup maintained the reputation, not of a valiant, loyal service animal assisting her owner in his daily struggles, but of the ‘floats like a butterfly, smells like a skunk’ gas bag who cleared a gallery classroom of 250 students and both proctors by turning our testing area into a near-war zone.
Funny enough, she earned a lot of respect with the frats that year.
When GiGi the horned owl sustained
a near-fatal head injury, she was
nursed back to health by Doug Pojeky
at an animal rescue in Mississippi.
When Doug was growing up, a great horned owl used to perch on the top of his family barn. His father saw the owl often, but he and the rest of his family rarely did. However, on the morning of his father’s death, the owl was spotted overlooking the farm house, where Pojeky’s father had passed away, before flying off into the woods.
“For some reason when that bird was hugging me, all I could think of was my dad.”
(!!!!!!) My name is Marie, and I was selected as the Doodle 4 Google winner for the state of Mississippi! I’m completely, utterly ecstatic, but the competition doesn’t end here. Now, the public can vote until Feb. 22nd for their favorite doodles to become the top 5 national finalists. I would be SO very grateful if you would take a few seconds to click the link and vote for me!
As a liberal, Hispanic, first-generation college hopeful, I feel as though I definitely represent the diversity within my state, and I’d like to show that to the nation.
If I became the top winner, not only would I receive a scholarship for $30,000 and appear on the Google homepage, my school would win a technology grant for $50,000. Coming from a large public school, our technological resources are limited, but this Google grant will greatly help!
This year’s Doodle 4 Google theme is “What Makes Me… Me”, and you can check out my explanation of my Doodle with the link! Please reblog and vote!
Civil rights activist and the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, James Meredith grimaces in pain as he pulls himself across Highway 51 after being shot in Hernando, Mississippi, June 6, 1966. Pulitzer Prize winning photo by Jack Thornell
(Mississippi state Sen. David) Jordan thinks it was no coincidence that the verdict came a year after the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregated public schools.
“The state was set at a point. [It] had been said over and over that ‘before niggers could go to school with white children, blood will run in the streets,’ ” Jordan says. “This was evidence, in their mind I assume, that this is the example that the world can see that we mean business.”