By Jane Sutton. Florida is the only remaining U. It allowed the plaintiff, a gay man named Frank Martin Gill, to adopt two boys -- half-brothers he had been raising as foster children since When they were placed with Gill, the older boy did not speak, the younger one had an untreated ear infection. Both had ringworm and other medical problems, the court documents said.
Florida gay adoption ban ends
Judge overturns Florida ban on adoption by gays - blueenvelope.info
Florida's strict law banning adoption of children by gay people was found unconstitutional Tuesday by a state judge who declared there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman said the year-old law violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents, rejecting the state's arguments that there is "a supposed dark cloud hovering over homes of homosexuals and their children. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, who represent gay foster parent Martin Gill, said the case was the first in the nation in which numerous experts in child psychology, social work and other fields testified that there is no science to justify a gay adoption ban. Because state attorneys immediately filed a notice of appeal, the ruling is likely to set the stage for a battle that could reach the Florida Supreme Court.
Why the Florida Gay Adoption Ban Is Immoral
It was not her second question, or the third, but the first question once I told her I was interested in adopting. Her name was Sue. She was the on-phone representation of "Our Kids" one of Miami's premiere adoption agencies. Given Florida's anti-gay adoption laws, I didn't blame her for her question, but I didn't like it, either. I knew if I were to tell the truth, that my partner and I are gay men who want kids, the call would be over.
A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida's year-old gay adoption ban unconstitutional in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since Declaring the adoption to be in the boy's "best interest", circuit judge David J Audlin Jr, said the Florida law forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children is contrary to the state constitution because it singles out a group for punishment. Florida is one of only two states - including Mississippi - that forbid gay people from adopting children. Though the statute has been found unconstitutional by circuit judges in Florida twice before, both in , another adoption case expected to be heard next month in a Miami courtroom may also provide a new challenge to the law. The boy, identified as John Doe, has remained with the foster father ever since.