Today, my oldest son turns eight. Also today, the ACLU is back in court in Florida challenging the constitutionality of that state's thirty-year old law which prohibits lesbians and gay men from adopting. If I lived in Florida, I would not have been permitted to adopt my son because I am gay. Despite the arguments that the state will make in court today, the adoption ban has never been about the well-being of children. In fact, the law was enacted in , two years before the first reported case of an adoption by an openly gay person anywhere in the country.
Florida court strikes down gay adoption ban
Florida ends ban on gay, lesbian adoptions - sria.info
Rick Scott still wants private, religious-based adoption agencies to be able to turn gay couples away. Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the adoption ban enacted in the days when entertainer Anita Bryant crusaded against gays. It is part of a larger bill that promotes adoption, and striking the language simply reflects reality after a judge found the ban unconstitutional five years ago. David Richardson, Florida's first openly gay lawmaker and the Miami Beach Democrat who amended the adoption bill to remove the gay ban.
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LGBT rights in Florida
Florida is to immediately lift its ban on gay adoptions after a state appeals court ruled that the year-old law is unconstitutional. Governor Charlie Crist announced the decision after the 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by a Miami-Dade judge, who found 'no rational basis' for the ban when she approved the adoption of two young brothers by Martin Gill and his male partner. Celebration: Martin Gill plays with his six-year-old foster son after a Court of Appeal ruled a Florida law banning gay adoption was 'unconstitutional'.
Florida Gay Adoption: The law prohibiting gay people from adopting is still written in black and white in the Florida Statutes. And, technically, it will remain the law until the legislature changes, amends, or repeals it. But a September Third District Court of Appeals ruling has created a sea change in how that law will be enforced. The September ruling affirmed a ruling in Miami which also found the prohibition unconstitutional. Florida is the only state to have a blanket statutory prohibition against gay adoption.