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First same-sex couple files for adoption in Guilford County

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The first same-sex couple filed for adoption at the Guilford County Courthouse Monday afternoon.

Shana Carignan and Megan Parker got married out of state in 2012. However, because their marriage wasn’t recognized in North Carolina, Parker had to adopt their son Jax as a single mother.

“Shana is currently listed as ‘First Emergency Contact’ under his school form. She's not the first emergency contact… she's his mom, you know?” said Parker.

After years of legal battles, a federal judge lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina Friday.

“We have so many friends that are getting married now, because it's legal. We're so happy for them, but our story wasn't complete until our family was safe with the protections of the law. We needed the second parent adoption to make us feel like we were safe,” said Carignan.

Carignan was able to file papers to become Jax’s second adoptive mother at the Guilford County Clerk of Court’s office Monday. Workers said it will take up to 90 days to process the adoption.