Adop­tion ban dis­puted

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

Florida’s strict ban on adop­tion by gay peo­ple is un­con­sti­tu­tional be­cause no other group, even peo­ple with crim­i­nal back­grounds, are sin­gled out for a flat pro­hi­bi­tion by state law, an ap­peals court ruled.

The rul­ing by the 3rd District Court of Ap­peal up­holds a 2008 de­ci­sion by a Mi­ami-Dade County judge who found “no ra­tio­nal ba­sis” for the ban when she ap­proved the adop­tion of two young broth­ers by Martin Gill and his male part­ner. The pro­hi­bi­tion was first en­acted in 1977 and is the only law of its kind in the U.S., ac­cord­ing to court records. In its opin­ion, the ap­pel­late court noted that gay peo­ple are per­mit­ted to be­come fos­ter par­ents or le­gal guardians in Florida.

Af­ter the rul­ing, Gov. Char­lie Crist an­nounced he would cease en­forc­ing the adop­tion law and would con­fer with the adop­tive fa­ther at the cen­ter of the case be­fore de­cid­ing whether the state would ap­peal.

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