Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Florida abolishes gay adoption ban  

After 31 long years of not allowing a large group of tax-paying citizens to adopt children solely because of their sexual orientation, the ban on adoption for same-sex couples is finally gone. A judge ruled on Tuesday that prohibiting someone from adopting based on sexual orientation alone is unconstitutional.

Join me in a resounding "DUH!"

From Yahoo! News:

The ruling means that Martin Gill, 47, and his male partner can adopt two brothers, ages 4 and 8, whom he has cared for as foster children since December 2004.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, who represent Gill, said the case was the first in the nation in which numerous experts in child psychology, social work and other fields testified that there is no science to justify a gay adoption ban.

"It is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person's ability to parent," the judge wrote. "A child in need of love, safety and stability does not first consider the sexual orientation of his parent. The exclusion causes some children to be deprived of a permanent placement with a family that is best suited to their needs."

Congratulations to all same-sex couples in Florida. Now, it's time to work on Arkansas, Utah, and Mississippi.

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2 comments: to “ Florida abolishes gay adoption ban

  • November 25, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

    I heard this news on NPR this afternoon as I was driving home from work! I nearly ran off the road, I was so excited!

  • November 25, 2008 at 11:45 PM  

    It always boggled my mind that to some people, a child having no parents is better than having gay parents.