The parties have remained confidential in court filings: the birth mother is known as D.M.T.; the biological mother as T.M.H.

Robert Segal, attorney for T.M.H, said his client “was delighted. We’re all very happy here by the court’s decision. The court is recognizing the value of the parental relationship for what it is, as opposed to singling people out based on their sexual orientation.”

Segal said his client has not seen her daughter since December 2007, but he hoped to confer with opposing counsel and the trial court judge next week to begin to work out an arrangement where “she will get to see her daughter as quickly as possible.”

A call to D.M.T.’s attorney has not been returned.