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Kentucky judge won’t hear adoption cases if adults are gay

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky family court judge says he won’t hear any more adoption cases that involve gay adults.

The Courier-Journal reports Judge Mitchell Nance issued an order Thursday saying he believes that “under no circumstance” would “the best interest of the child be promoted by the adoption by a practicing homosexual.”

Nance cited an ethical rule that says judges must disqualify themselves when they have a personal bias or prejudice.

Nance’s order said lawyers representing gay people in adoptions in Barren and Metcalfe counties would have to request a special judge.

He told the Glasgow Daily Times on Friday that he issued the order to avoid a long delay if a case involving gay parents was filed in his court.

Circuit Judge John T. Alexander told the Glasgow newspaper he would hear any adoption cases affected by Nance’s recusal.

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John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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