Brittany Rowell and Jessica Harbuck live in Mississippi, and after the U.S. Supreme Court granted the freedom to marry nationwide in the 2015 Obergefell decision, they knew they wanted to marry and expand their family through adoption or fostering. At the time, however, Mississippi explicitly banned adoption for same-sex couples, the last adoption ban of its kind in the country. The couple joined several others in a federal lawsuit challenging the ban, and in the spring of 2016, Judge Daniel Jordan struck the ban down as unconstitutional, a ruling that took effect and stuck.
“It’s something that matters a lot to the both of us, and there are many avenues to which you can get to your own family structure,” Brittany said. “It’s about providing a home for a child that deserves it and deserves to feel wanted and needed and appreciated.”