Utah Supreme Court lifts same-sex adoption hold

Kody Partridge, Peggy Tomsic
Plaintiff Kody Partridge hoists Peggy Tomsic, attorney for the six people who brought the lawsuit against the Utah’s gay marriage ban, during a gay marriage rally Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court is lifting its hold on adoptions by same-sex couples.

The high court halted all such adoptions in May as the state appealed a federal ruling striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. But earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed that decision to stand, effectively legalizing same-sex unions in Utah and 10 other states.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Thursday’s decision to lift the hold comes in the cases of four adoptions sought by wedded same-sex couples, and will presumably allow those adoptions and others to proceed.

Equality Utah Director Troy Williams tells the paper that same-sex families all over the state are celebrating.

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