Florida Judge Delivers Third Ruling Against Gay Adoption Ban

While a case is underway in a Miami appeals court regarding Florida's ban on adoption by gay parents, a Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia has delivered the third ruling against the ban, allowing a lesbian couple to adopt an infant relative, the Miami Herald reports:

Miamiadoption "While the 1977 law remains in limbo, Sampedro-Iglesia's ruling suggests some state court judges already have made up their minds about gay adoption, a thorny political issue in a state with a significant social conservative streak. 'There is no rational connection between sexual orientation and what is or is not in the best interest of a child,'' Sampedro-Iglesia wrote in her order. 'The child is happy and thriving with [Alenier]. The only way to give this child permanency . . . is to allow him to be adopted' by her.

In her ruling, Sampedro-Iglesia declared Florida's adoption law 'unconstitutional on its face.'

For Alenier, who shares a home near downtown Hollywood with her longtime partner, Melanie Leon, the ruling made formal what she already knew she had — a family."

Two judges, one in Miami,
and another
in Monroe County
, have already declared the ban unconstitutional.
Anti-gay groups are battling those decisions.

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Comments

  1. Tony says

    Did I miss something here? Doesn’t their constitution ban gay adoption? How can a judge rule against the constitution?

  2. says

    Tony, an amendment to a state constitution can be challenged if that amendment violates someone’s rights under the U.S. Constitution.