High court declines Arizona same-sex parental rights case

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PHOENIX (AP) -

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an Arizona case on parental rights of same-sex couples.

Arizona's high court ruled last year that a lesbian woman in Tucson who is divorcing her spouse is entitled to equal parental rights under the U.S. Constitution.

[RELATED: Arizona Supreme Court to rule on same-sex parental rights (June 28, 2017)]

State law assumes the man in a marriage is the father of any child born during the marriage.

Kimberly McLaughlin argued Arizona law doesn't establish any rights in artificial insemination cases for the non-biological parent of the same sex.

But the Arizona Supreme Court sided with her spouse, Suzan McLaughlin, who argued she's entitled to the same parental rights a man would receive.

The U.S. Supreme Court's denial Monday to review the case means the lower court ruling stands.

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