KNWA reports on a piece of family law history from Northwest Arkansas: the first same-sex couple granted a joint adoption in Arkansas.
Unmarried couples may not jointly adopt — single-parent adoptions are the only possibility. But Jeff Shipley and Isaac Cody married in Arkansas during the week that same-sex marriages were allowed before the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling for marriage equality.
In July, they adopted a daughter and in October they adopted a son.
“The judge told us that he strongly believes that we are the first and second same-sex joint adoptions in the state,” Shipley says.
Jeff and Isaac don’t look at it as being first or second, they say they’re average parents who’s story is just a step toward equality in Arkansas.
Cody says, “I mean, for us, selfishly we get to have a family and that’s something that we wanted but at the same point in time, we’re helping you know, two little babies you know, who might have had that opportunity.
UPDATE: I’ve now heard from two sources familiar with a joint adoption granted in late 2013 in Conway, a DHS-approved adoption of a child who had been in foster care for six months. So the Northwest adoptions may not have been the first. The more the merrier, I say.