NC law "outlaws" second parent adoption.
Now, this is not new news. It is something that has been the norm. But more LGBTQ couples are challenging the law, which is good. Second parent adoption in the case where a couple is not wed is the issue. And LGBTQ couples cannot be wed. Therefore, unlike opposite sex couples, same sex couples cannot have the protection for their children if one of the parents were to die or be hurt. It also affects the overall care of the child or children, in terms who is the "parent" or "legal guardian" in legal cases, going to the hospital, schools, etc.
This is from the ACLU:
A second-parent adoption occurs when one partner in an unmarried couple adopts the other partner’s biological or adoptive child; this can occur in both gay and straight relationships. The ACLU is challenging the ban on second parent adoption in North Carolina on behalf of six families. Each family consists of a child or children being raised by two gay or lesbian parents who are in committed, long-term relationships with each other. In each of these loving families, the child has a legally recognized relationship with only one parent (either through birth or adoption), although, in reality, the child is being raised by both parents.
Children denied a legally recognized, second parent are left vulnerable. They may not be covered by their non-legal parent's health insurance plan; or if the child is sick or injured, hospital staff may prevent the non-legal parent from visiting the child in the hospital or from consenting to needed medical care. In some cases, a child may be ripped from the only home he or she has ever known if one legal parent dies.
Here's the link to this article: https://www.aclu.org/second-parent-adoption-nc
There was an interesting debate that went on about this issue today with the ACLU and Equality NC. The link is here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/12/04/icymi-how-nc-laws-barring-second-parent-adoption-and-same-sex-marriage-jeopardizes-families-children-full-video/
Justice is moving forward in NC!