The news is full of controversial topics these days. On February 20, 2009, the Michigan court of appeals said that courts can oversee a custody dispute between lesbian parents who adopted in Illinois, even though Michigan doesn't formally recognize gay relationships.
The court ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Constitution requires Michigan courts to recognize [both mothers] as adoptive parents. It reversed a trial judge in Berrien County who said Michigan's 2004 voter-approved gay marriage ban kept [one mother] from enforcing [her] parental rights.”
The focus of the majority was on the parent-child relationship, and not on the relationship between the two parents. Scott Bassett, an appellate attorney, said: "[This was] an odd decision in many ways, including the lack of documentation proving the Illinois adoption. The majority was uncharacteristically comfortable with this lapse. I don't think I've seen a panel ignore such significant record/procedural flaws in nearly three decades of appellate work. That makes it hard to give much credence to the substantive decision, irrespective of how one personally views the issue of gay/lesbian adoption."
The Chicago Tribune story may be read here.
The majority decision [Giancaspro v Congleton] may be read here.