US Supreme Court Reverses AL Supreme Court in VL. v. EL

In a very short and succinct opinion issued today, the United States Supreme Court reverses the Alabama Supreme Court in V.L. vs. E.L.

The facts of this case involve a same-sex couple who previously resided in Georgia before relocating to Alabama. While in Georgia, V.L. legally adopted the biological child of E.L. The couple separated while living in Alabama, and the Alabama Court held that Alabama did not have to honor the adoption decree entered in Georgia, leaving V.L. with no legal rights whatsoever to the child she adopted. The United States Supreme Court held that the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution requires the Alabama Courts to uphold and enforce the Georgia adoption decree.

The full opinion can be read here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-648_d18e.pdf