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Rankin County woman appeals to Supreme Court in same sex child custody battle

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Pearl woman has taken her custody fight to the state's highest court in her same sex divorce.

Last week, Chris Strickland was denied custody in a Rankin County Court. 

"I'm the first case here in Mississippi to go to the Supreme Court," said Strickland.

The 40 year old is asking the state's highest court for joint custody of the two children she and ex-wife, Kimberly Jayroe Strickland Day, raised. The couple was married in Massachusetts in 2009.

"I have been denied rights to my son that I had with my now ex-wife," said Strickland. "He was born through IVF during our marriage, and I was denied rights to be on his birth certificate to be considered his legal parent."

The couple also adopted a boy who is now 16. Strickland's divorce from Day was finalized in October.

Rankin County Chancery Judge John Grant III granted Strickland visitation and ordered her to pay child support for both children.

"It would be great if the Supreme Court does what they need to do and provide me my rights to my children, and it's gonna help everybody that is coming up with the same case to be put on their child's birth certificate no matter what," said Strickland.

In the ruling, the judge said two women are unable to conceive a child together and the child has a natural father somewhere. Day was awarded physical and legal custody of both boys.

"I just want to make sure that my children grow up with both of their parents, both moms," added Strickland.

The court also ruled that Day is prevented from going forward with seeking adoption of the 5 year old.

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