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25 November 2008

Florida ban on gay adoptions ruled unconstitutional

According to an article in today's online version of the Miami Herald a Miami-Dade circuit judge today declared Florida's 30-year-old ban on gay adoption unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman permitted 47-year-old Frank Gill to adopt the 4- and 8-year-old boys he and his partner have raised since 2004.
"Based on the evidence presented from experts from all over this country and abroad," Lederman wrote, "it is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person's ability to parent. Sexual orientation no more leads to psychiatric disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, relationship instability, a lower life expectancy or sexual disorders than race, gender, socioeconomic class or any other demographic characteristic."
The state's Attorney General's office announced they would appeal the decision to the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami.

This is actually the second ruling this year to declare the state's blanket ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians unconstitutional. In August, Monroe Circuit Judge David John Audlin Jr. wrote that Florida's 1977 gay adoption ban arose out of "unveiled expressions of bigotry".
"Disqualifying every gay Floridian from raising a family, enjoying grandchildren or carrying on the family name, based on nothing more than lawful sexual conduct, while assuring child abusers, terrorists, drug dealers, rapists and murderers at least individualized consideration," Audlin wrote, was so "disproportionately severe" that it violates the state and U.S. Constitutions.

  • On 11/25/2008 4:38 PM, Blogger Suzy said…

    Now on to Arkansas. I think Ms O'Donnell's fight for this in Florida helped a lot. Are there any famous Arkansas female celebrities?

     
  • On 11/25/2008 4:48 PM, Blogger Jami said…

    Hilary? Although I'm pretty sure she isn't a lesbian ...

     
  • On 11/26/2008 4:32 PM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    Arkansas, Arizona, CA and that OTHER FL proposition...

    And yes, if it's not bigotry what is it?

    This topic just kills me. I see so many unfit parents out there and to cross off any people who are loving and would provide a good home for ANY reason just makes me spit.

    And that's not even getting into the fact that we do NOT have equal rights in this country. Period. And yeah, so I'm preaching to the choir. I'm just so burned.

     
  • On 11/27/2008 11:29 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    I'm late to the conversation but Mary Steenburgen is a Little Rock native. Judge Reinhold got married in Arkansas to a native but I don't know what his politics are. I am so embarassed by my state's ignorant attitude. Fuckin' hillbillies.

     
  • On 11/29/2008 9:08 PM, Blogger Diesel said…

    Allow me to point out, however, that this effectively negates the argument that gay marriage is an issue that only affects the people who are getting married.

     

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