On March 31, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III overturned Mississippi's ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt children.
In ruling for the couples who had sued, Jordan said the ban is unconstitutional after recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage as well as benefits for gay and lesbian couples.
"It also seems highly unlikely that the same court that held a state cannot ban gay marriage because it would deny benefitsexpressly including the right to adoptwould then conclude that married gay couples can be denied that very same benefit," Jordan wrote.
The Campaign for Southern Equality and the Family Equality Council backed the couples.
In 2006, President George W. Bush nominated Jordan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The U.S. Senate confirmed him later that year.