Same-Sex Parent Adoption Finalized By Kentucky Judge

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky judge has finalized the adoption of a 28-year-old man by a woman who was legally married to his mother in Massachusetts, the first step-parent adoption by a member of a same-sex couple in Fayette County and possibly the state following a federal court ruling.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader ( ), Fayette Circuit Court Judge Kathy Stein finalized the adoption of David Crossen by Joan Callahan on Tuesday. Callahan and the man's mother, Jennifer Leigh Crossen, were married in Massachusetts.

Stein cited a Feb. 12 decision in which a federal judge issued a preliminary ruling that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Judge John Heyburn II's ruling didn't become final until Thursday. Heyburn issued a stay Friday, delaying the case's effective date until March 20.

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