Gay Adoption 

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled Thursday that state law does not preclude Ann Courtney and Marilyn Kirby of Portland from adopting the children, a 10-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother. Courtney and Kirby became the children’s foster parents in 2001: last year they filed petitions with the Cumberland County ProbateCourt to adopt. Their petition was rejected, but the Maine Supreme JudicialCourt concluded state law does not prohibit two unmarried peoplefrom together adopting a child and that probate court hasjurisdiction over the matter.