Florida's highest court has made a groundbreaking decision in a same-sex couple's child custody case. The court ruling will clear the way for a lesbian mother to obtain visitation rights with her young son, whom she had legally adopted after her female partner gave birth to the boy. The Florida Supreme Court confirmed a lower-court opinion indicating that the adoptive mother deserved child custody rights.
Official reports show that the women were still together in 2012 when a judge in Sanford granted their application for the formal adoption. However, the relationship became strained and ultimately ended that year. The birth mother had requested that the adoption be nullified; the family court complied.