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Originally published Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM

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Puerto Rico court ruling on gay adoptions appealed

A lesbian whose adoption request was recently denied by Puerto Rico's Supreme Court is appealing the ruling.

The Associated Press

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —

A lesbian whose adoption request was recently denied by Puerto Rico's Supreme Court is appealing the ruling.

The woman's partner gave birth to a girl, now 12, through in vitro fertilization. Attorney Nora Vargas represents the woman and said Wednesday that it is in the child's best interest for the woman to adopt the girl as the second parent.

The announcement of the appeal comes two weeks after the high court voted 5-4 to uphold a law banning gay couples from adopting children.

It was the first time the court heard a case on same-sex adoptions.

Legislators in the U.S. territory are considering several proposals to extend more rights to gays and lesbians.

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