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Court to Rule in Florida Gay Adoption Case

UPDATE: Ban ruled unconstitutional.

This morning, a Miami-Dade child welfare judge is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Florida's law banning gay adoption.

Gill"Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman heard testimony from Oct. 1-6 over Frank Gill's petition to adopt the two foster children he has cared for since 2004. Florida child welfare administrators testified they would have approved the adoption but for Florida's ban, the only such state law still on the books. Though Florida law does not allow gay people to adopt, they are allowed to be foster parents, and many gay people have fostered children for years. Much of the testimony centered on conflicting interpretations of decades-worth of academic research on whether gay people can parent as successfully as straight people."

The case began in closed court at the beginning of October and followed a decision by a Circuit Court judge declaring the state's law unconstitutional in order to allow a gay Key West foster parent to adopt the son he and his partner had been caring for for seven years.

Lederman's ruling is expected to be appealed immediately and experts say it will go all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.

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  1. What about straight parenting can you call successful? Look at all the dysfunctional children that are a product of straight parents. Just remember that straight couples can have children as a result of an accidental pregnancy. These children are cherished by some parents but also many are not loved as they should be because they were not planned. ALL adoptions are planned so these children are truly loved by both gay and straight parents alike.

    Posted by: Tup | Nov 25, 2008 9:31:51 AM


  2. ANDY - thanks for this story.
    re: " Much of the testimony centered on conflicting interpretations of decades-worth of academic research on whether gay people can parent as successfully as straight people"

    THERE IS NO CONFLICTING EVIDENCE. Only conflicting INTERPRETATION guided by bias. Ecery single study has shown that gay parents are at least equal to straight. By many measures -- including teaching ethics and tolerance -- they tend to be superior. The Canadian Conservative Government commissioned an impartial, scientific study, which found that gay parents were at least as good as straight -- they buried the report. I'll try to find the link.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Nov 25, 2008 10:17:58 AM


  3. This has to be one of the most ridiculous laws on the books, let a child languish in foster care or in so many cases bounce from "home" to "home," or let a child have a loving home and parents no matter the sexual orientation? This country and the nitwits of hate and activist judges who enforce the laws and who write these laws never cease to amaze.

    Hopefully this judge will do the right thing today.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Nov 25, 2008 10:28:46 AM


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