|By Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Three weeks ago, that wouldn't have been possible.
A 2008 state
It was the first such adoption in
If Heyburn's decision is not appealed by Attorney General
"I expect the adoption practice to pick up significantly," said
In Callahan's case, her adoption will stand even if Heyburn's decision is overturned by an appellate court. Only Callahan and Crossen have legal standing to appeal the adoption, and they won't, Ewing said.
The adoption is more than just symbolic, Callahan and
"It means a lot to me and to her. It recognizes her for her quarter century of being my parent,"
When Callahan and
"I wanted all of us to have legal standing," Callahan said.
Before the adoption, if Callahan died and left
Callahan and others pushed the university to institute domestic partner benefits, which allowed same-sex couples and their children to receive the same benefits as heterosexual couples. One of those benefits is a discount on tuition for children of
Domestic partner benefits were eventually implemented at
"Now he is facing all of this student debt," Callahan said.
"Money isn't everything," she said. "But there are real material harms caused by this inequity in the law."
Most heterosexual couples don't understand the legal headaches that same-sex couples must go through, said
For example, if Callahan gets sick, she has legal documents to show that