Florida Ban on Gay Adoptions Ruled Unconstitutional

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A Pride FlagFor thirty years, gays and lesbians have been prohibited from adopting in Florida. Thanks to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, however, that is no longer the case. The decision came about as a result of a suit filed by Frank Gill who, along with his partner, has been raising four- and eight-year-old boys since 2004. The children were placed temporarily with Gill but were not able to return to their birth parents.

"This is the forum where we try to heal children, find permanent families for them so they can ... go on to lead productive lives," said Judge Lederman. "We pray for them to thrive, but that is a word we rarely hear in dependency court. These children are thriving." Meanwhile, attorneys for the Department of Children and Families plan to appeal the decision. I guess the department's primary focus is not the well-being of children and families, but perpetuating discrimination.

As for me, I'll side with the judge on this one. She summed it up far better than I could: "Based on the evidence presented from experts from all over this country and abroad, it is clear that sexual orientation is not a predictor of a person's ability to parent."

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