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Florida Man at Center of Adoption Ban Case Officially Adopts Sons

Martin Gill and his sons are finally a family in the eyes of the law:

Gill "After a successful fight to overturn Florida’s ban on gay people serving as adoptive parents, the two young brothers adopted by Martin Gill participated in an adoption ceremony in Judge Cindy Lederman's chambers in Miami-Dade County Juvenile Court today, marking the final step in their adoption process. Gill and his partner had served as foster parents to the two brothers for six years. Gill worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight for the right to adopt them by challenging Florida’s 33-year-old ban on gay people adopting. As a result of the ACLU lawsuit on behalf of Gill, the ban was ended last year."

Said Leslie Cooper, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project: “Martin and his family were instrumental in ending one of the most discriminatory laws in the country. Hopefully now, thousands of children in Florida who are waiting to be adopted will be able to know the love and support of having a family.”


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  1. As the father of two adopted sons, I wnat to congratulate Mr. Gill. You were these boys father the moment you took them into your heart and into your home and now you are their father legally. I respect and honor you, again, congratulations.

    Posted by: BartB | Jan 19, 2011 3:18:30 PM

  2. This is actually a very big deal. Way to go, Martin Gill! Hear, hear!

    Posted by: lewlew | Jan 19, 2011 3:57:54 PM

  3. Yay!!! Silly haters, love is what makes a family! I am so happy to hear that this story has a happy ending!

    Posted by: Leesa Nixon | Jan 19, 2011 4:09:38 PM

  4. Suck it, Anita Bryant!

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Jan 20, 2011 3:55:06 AM

  5. Congratulations to the entire family! Now, consider leaving Florida before that silly twit manages to somehow undo the sanity that finally prevailed.

    Posted by: Justin Werner | Jan 20, 2011 12:07:27 PM

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