No. 76-6372.

434 U.S. 246 (1978)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 10, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William L. Skinner argued the cause and filed a brief for appellant.

Thomas F. Jones argued the cause for appellees pro hac vice. With him on the brief was S. Ralph Martin, Jr.

MR. JUSTICE MARSHALL delivered the opinion of the Court.

The issue in this case is the constitutionality of Georgia's adoption laws as applied to deny an unwed father authority to prevent adoption of his illegitimate child. The child was born in December 1964 and has been in the custody and control of his mother, appellee Ardell Williams Walcott, for his entire life. The mother and the child's natural father, appellant Leon Webster Quilloin, never married each other...

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