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Judge Rules Florida Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional

A Florida Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida's gay adoption ban unconstitutional. The ban has been in place for 31 years:

Florida"At the heart of the Monroe case is a 13-year-old boy with learning disabilities and special needs who has lived in his Key West foster father's two-story home since the Department of Children & Families placed him there in 2001. The boy is identified as John Doe. The father, 52, is not identified. Audlin appointed the foster father as guardian for the boy in 2006. At a recent hearing, the boy testified he wanted the man to be his 'forever father' -- like all the other kids had -- 'because I love him,' the order says. A home study by a social worker 'highly' recommended the guardian and his partner be allowed to adopt the boy, saying the two men provided a 'loving and nurturing home,' provided 'fair and consistent' discipline and are financially secure, the order says. Miami attorney Alan Mishael, who represents John Doe's guardian, declined to discuss the ruling, since Audlin has not yet published it formally. He said the ruling is less about public policy than the welfare of a former foster child who wants a father of his own."

According to the Miami Herald, Judge David J. Audlin Jr. wrote: "Contrary to every child welfare principle, the gay adoption ban operates as a conclusive or irrebuttable presumption that ...it is never in the best interest of any adoptee to be adopted by a homosexual."

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  1. This stuff tears my heart up. How can people be so callous?

    Posted by: Sami | Sep 10, 2008 10:45:12 AM


  2. YEAH for this decision! Good for John Doe and all of the other children out there that need a good home.

    Posted by: RB | Sep 10, 2008 10:54:53 AM


  3. Yes, yeah for this decision, but the gay Republicans might want to take note that their leader, John McCain, would not agree with it since he believes that families with gay parents are unsuitable for children, no matter how loving those parents may be.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 10, 2008 11:05:57 AM


  4. Fuck the LCR's - SHUN them at every Possible turn...make them INVISABLE in the LGBT community..SHUN them!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 10, 2008 11:18:02 AM


  5. The story of the little boy was so sad. I hadn't read the title of the story , so, at the end it was like a really good story that tugged at your heart. I hate to be all Laura Ingalls but, I'm s glad it turned out in a good way.

    f course, the right wing will swear this is just another example of "activist" judges.

    Posted by: thevegasstyleguy | Sep 10, 2008 11:41:37 AM


  6. WoooooHooo! This is a huge step forward for child welfare in FL.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 10, 2008 4:10:27 PM


  7. I'm still puzzled by the fact that people have a right to reproduce if they can, but not to adopt. Shouldn't it be one or the other?

    Posted by: anon | Sep 10, 2008 10:23:26 PM


  8. I know a couple on the first coast of Florida that have had foster children for a while.

    Posted by: newgrrl | Sep 11, 2008 12:18:52 AM


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