Judge approves Boise woman’s adoption of boys
Kyle Green / The Idaho Statesman
Married couple Rene Simpson (left) and Darcy Simpson share a quiet moment in Ada County Court while waiting for Judge McGregor Irby to enter the courtroom in Boise, Idaho, to begin their hearing Friday allowing Darcy to legally adopt Rene’s two sons, 15 year-old Tray Simpson and 12 year-old Dalton Simpson. Judge McGregor Irby, who turned down the adoption in September, was ordered to process it by the Idaho Supreme Court in a February unanimous opinion.
Darcy Simpson won an Idaho Supreme Court decision in February that said second-parent adoptions by gay couples are legal despite the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Simpson's partner, Rene, is the birth mother of one boy and the original adoptive parent of the second.
The couple married in California last year.
The Idaho Stateman reported that the boys told Ada County Magistrate Judge Cathleen MacGregor Irby on Friday that they consented to the adoption by Darcy Simpson.
MacGregor Irby ruled last year that the couple had to be in a union legally recognized in Idaho for Darcy Simpson to adopt, but the Supreme Court said “any person” may adopt — establishing precedent.
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