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Supreme Court blocks Alabama court order in adoption case, Montevallo entertainment district

The Supreme Court has sided with a lesbian mother who wants to see her adopted children, blocking an Alabama court's order that declared the adoption invalid.

The justices issued an order today in a case that puts on display legal challenges facing gay and lesbian parents even after the Supreme Court decided that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

The case involves a soured relationship between two women, and the three children they raised until the breakup. The children's birth mother is contesting regular visits between the children and her former partner.

Alabama's highest court refused to recognize the other woman as a parent, saying the adoption they obtained in Georgia was not valid.

The women disagree about whether the order will restore visits while the appeal continues.

Supporters and critics of an entertainment district for the city of Montevallo are expected to crowd city hall today.

A second reading on the proposal to create the district along Main Street is scheduled. If passed, then bar and restaurant patrons could carry alcoholic beverages outside in city approved cups.

Connie Patton is manager of Eclipse Coffee Shop on Main Street. She says the district could help during road construction to narrow the street and widen sidewalks…

“So, the city is really concerned about trying to support businesses and keep us all here in the middle of all this construction. So, again, this was viewed as a strategy for helping out the restaurants to stay open.”   

 Critics of the idea of an entertainment district complained that it would be too close a neighborhood high school.

Alabama’s Derrick Henry can add “Heisman Trophy Winner” to his resume.

The junior from Yulee, Florida heard his name called Saturday night in New York City to join the ranks of Doug Flutie, Barry Sanders and Mark Ingram.

Henry got 378 first-place votes to win the trophy over Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.

Henry says he’s dreamt of this moment his entire life…

“I mean this is a special place.  For me to bring the second Heisman, it’d mean a lot to me just to bring Bama their second Heisman.  I love this place and it’s the reason why I came here.”

Henry has almost two thousand yards, an SEC Record to go along with 23 touchdowns.  Alabama faces Michigan State in the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve.

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