Missouri Man Claims He Was Denied Adoption Because of His Weight

A Missouri man claims he's being discriminated against due to his weight, according to MyFoxKC.com.

Gary Stocklaufer said he and his wife, Cynthia, were asked to adopt Gary's cousin's 3-month-old son because the relative couldn't care for the boy anymore. But a judge — the same judge who approved Gary's adoption of his now 7-year-old son — denied the adoption on the grounds of Gary's weight, Stocklaufer said.

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Stocklaufer said he weighs roughly 500 pounds — though he's lost 35 and is working to lose more — and that his weight hasn't stopped him from working as a truck driver or playing with his son.

The couple said their attorney has filed a motion for a new hearing.