The lesbian couple, known here as VL and EL, had three children in Alabama. EL is the biological mother. To get parental rights jointly, the couple settled temporarily in Georgia. Then Georgia granted VL's petition to adopt the children.
After the separation of the two women, VL asked for joint custody in Alabama. A lower court ruled in her favor, but then, in september, the state's high court ruled in favor of her former partner EL and removed her parental rights.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Alabama court's ruling. It will stay on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court justices decide whether to hear VL's case in full.