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Couples sue to overturn Mississippi ban on gay adoptions

Susan Hrostowski remembers when Mississippi passed its law in 2000 banning same-sex couples from adopting children. It hit home for her because her partner, now wife, Kathryn Garner, was nearing the birth of their son, and it meant Hrostowski wouldn't be able to adopt him as a second parent. "It took years for Kathy to talk me into having a child because I was afraid he would be bullied," Hrostowski said, saying the law "was a big blow that was devastating to us." Wednesday, Garner and Hrostowski became one of four lesbian couples to sue Mississippi in federal court in Jackson, seeking to overturn its law banning gay couples from adopting or taking children into...