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Supreme Court Won't Take Same-Sex Parenting Case

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A Florida woman hoped to gain parental rights regarding a child born during an 11-year relationship with a former partner.

The Supreme Court will not hear the appeal of a woman seeking parental rights regarding a child conceived during a same-sex relationship.

Peggy Willis argued that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage prevented her from becoming this child's legal parent, reports the Associated Press.

Her former partner, Anne Marie Mobley, gave birth to a baby through alternative insemination while the couple were together. Their 11-year relationship ended when the child born from this procedure turned 1.

A federal court in 2014 ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Citing the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges, Willis argued that her constitutional rights had been violated by a Florida state court, which had ruled she had no parental rights regarding the child. However, the Supreme Court let this ruling stand.

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