What Hath the North Carolina Supreme Court Wrought?

03-Feb-2011

In a recent decision, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples cannot jointly adopt.  By its ruling, the court has seriously placed in jeopardy all previously granted second parent adoptions.  What are the ramifications of this decision for same-sex families in North Carolina?  What is the status of the law in other jurisdictions?  What can lawyers do to stop a similar decision in their own states?  What legal theories, apart from adoption, can attorneys use to protect same-sex families? Speakers include Joyce Kauffman, former co-chair of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Nancy D. Polikoff, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and the author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families Under the LawAbby Rubenfeld, who has sat on the board of directors for the ACLU of Tennessee, the Human Rights Campaign and the Legal Director of Lamda Legal, William S. Singer, partner at Singer & Fedun, LLC,  Christine Sun, Senior Counsel for the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project. and Sharon A. Thompson, founder of the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Attorneys.