WV Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Adoption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether a foster baby would be better off adopted by a husband and wife she hasn't met or the same-sex couple who have cared for her since birth.

The High Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Kathryn Kutil and Cheryl Hess' appeal.

The lesbian couple are challenging a November ruling by Fayette County Circuit Judge Paul Blake to place the now 15-month-old girl under the care of a heterosexual couple who might adopt her.

Kutil and Hess argue Blake's ruling is discriminatory and denies them a constitutional right to family privacy and equal protection without due process.

The state argues that married couples should get preference in adoptions because they provide more stable environments.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by butch Location: parkersburg on Mar 13, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    stephie, the trouble is that they will raise this kid with NO MORAL VALUES. they obviously dont have any with the lifestyle they live. the kid will just be another one of them. we dont need another one running around
  • by Bob Location: Parkersburg on Mar 13, 2009 at 04:02 AM
    Just think. If Hitler had won the war, we wouldn't be having this discusion.
  • by Stephie Location: mov-belpre on Mar 12, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    butch, you really grind my gears! innocent baby? WHAT ABOUT THIS INNOCENT FAMILY?! what harm will it cause YOU by letting this same sex couple adopt this child? NOTHING, JERK!! there'll just be another HAPPY family. man there's so much i'd like to say to you and others like you but i have to keep it clean for the community to read and for it to be approved by wtap. :) COME ON WV DON'T LET THEM DOWN!! LET THEM ADOPT!!
  • by dot Location: marietta on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    how is a husband and wife more stable than that couple is it just because they're married well if they would let same sex couples get married then i guess they would be just as "stable" how pathetic and what a rediculas excuse to take a child away from someone so what they're gay that does not mean they can not love that child or care for that child that does not make them bad parents it just makes them more open minded some people are so small minded wake up people what about the striaght couples that don't take care of their children and that are completely unstable and living off the system would you still give them a child over a gay couple i'd hope not yet your willing to turn this babys life upside down just because the couple in question doesn't fit your mold of a perfect family shame on you
  • by butch Location: parkersburg on Mar 12, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    wheres the debate, the answer should be NO. family values in this country are in serious trouble when they consider letting these ppl adopt an innocent baby.
  • by stephie Location: mov on Mar 12, 2009 at 02:44 AM
    shame on those who judge! i think this child deserves to stay with the family she has known and loved since birth. how would you like to be plucked from your family at 15 months old? some of you people who are commenting need to grow up. everyone deserves a chance at love.
  • by Jason Location: Morgantown on Mar 11, 2009 at 10:15 PM
    A child is innocent. They have no concept of gay or straight marriage/relationships. As long as the parents are loving and have sufficient resources to take care of the child, they should qualifiy equally with heterosexual couples. Taking away a child from a loving family because they are Gay or Lesbian is morally wrong.
  • by Michael on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    Obama will deny this. In his speech the other day he said he didn't fully support this and also he is not for gay marriage but is for a civil union which would give the couples some basic rights.
  • by mike Location: Parkersburg on Mar 11, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    First off, the case has no basis for a discrimination suite. For it to discrimination, it has to be based on Race, Sex, as in male or female, not sexual preference, Religion, and several others. It is amazing how "this couple" is trying to twist the law for their agenda. Unless "the couple" are blood relatives they have no claim.
  • by Carol Location: caldwell on Mar 11, 2009 at 06:36 PM
    What makes the difference if the same sex adopt as long as the child is well taken care of..
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