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Jones v. Boring

Ellen Boring and Patricia Jones had twin children together in the context of a long-term committed relationship. When the couple separated, Boring tried to cut off Jones' contact with the children. After hearing extensive evidence, a trial court awarded custody to Jones. Boring appealed, arguing that she automatically should be given custody because she is the birth mother. The appellate court rejected the argument that biology alone should determine custody, holding that the primary focus must always be on the best interests of the child. On November 29, 2006, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania allowed the appellate court's ruling to stand. NCLR represented Jones, along with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, Lambda Legal, and local counsel Maureen Gatto of Dorian, Goldstein, Wisniewski & Orchinik in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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