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Nebraska Settles Lawsuit With Man After Refusing to Allow HIV-Positive Woman to Adopt Child

February 18, 2004

Nebraska has reached a settlement with a man who sued the state nine years ago for refusing to allow his HIV-positive wife to adopt a child, the AP/Kansas City Star reports. Both parties signed an agreement not to disclose the terms of the settlement (AP/Kansas City Star, 2/13). Jay and GayLynn Brummett for several years fought to adopt a young boy who was placed with them as a state ward in 1992. The state Department of Social Services opposed the adoption, saying that GayLynn Brummett's HIV-positive status made it unlikely that she could parent the boy into adulthood. With the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Brummetts sued then-Gov. Ben Nelson (D), then-Social Services Director Don Leuenberger and three Social Services employees to gain the right to adopt Noah. The state Supreme Court in 1996 ruled in favor of the Brummetts. However, GayLynn Brummett died of AIDS-related complications one day after the couple filed the new state-supported application for adoption. Jay Brummett filed a new lawsuit seeking damages for the emotional strain he and his wife underwent as a result of the case, and the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October 2003 ruled 2-1 that the lawsuit could name the state and the Department of Social Services as defendants (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/9/03). As part of the settlement, the state agreed to not discriminate against prospective foster or adoptive parents who are HIV-positive, according to the AP/Star (AP/Kansas City Star, 2/13).

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2003 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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