Eight judicial candidates — five running for seats in DeKalb and Fulton counties — were endorsed by the statewide gay rights group Georgia Equality ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
The candidates were among 21 that sought the backing of Georgia Equality, according to Southern Voice. Adoptions by gay parents play a role in at least two of the races.
DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter allowed Rob and Clay Calhoun to jointly adopt their two children, Rainey and Jimmy, without the cumbersome process of having one father adopt first, followed by the other through second-parent adoption. The Calhouns’ testimonial is proudly featured on Hunter’s campaign website.
Superior Court Judge John Lee Parrott of the Okmulgee Judicial Circuit refused to allow Elizabeth Hadaway to adopt the young girl she had been raising — at the request of the girl’s mother — when he learned that Hadaway is a lesbian. Parrott ordered Hadaway to return the child to her birth mother, who insisted that the girl remain with Hadaway. Parrott then ordered the child into foster care and charged Hadaway with contempt of court. Georgia Equality has endorsed John Nebl, who is running against Parrott.
Earlier this month, the group issued endorsements in several state legislative races.
Georgia Equality judicial endorsements
Cobb Superior Court (seat currently held by LaTain Kell): Joan Davis
DeKalb Superior Court (open seat): Tangela Barrie
DeKalb Superior Court (seat currently held by Linda Hunter): Linda Hunter
Fulton State Court (seat currently held by Susan Edlein):Susan Edlein
Fulton Superior Court (seat currently held by Jackson Bedford): Jackson Bedford
Fulton Superior Court (open seat): Karlise Grier
Okmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court (seat currently held by John Lee Parrott): Jack Nebl
Court of Appeals (open seat): Sara Doyle