September 24, 2010

Florida ban on gay adoption is illegal, court says

REUTERS — There is no rational reason to prohibit all homosexuals from adopting children, a Florida appeals court said Wednesday in a ruling that upheld a gay man's adoption of two young boys. Florida is the only remaining U.S. state to expressly ban adoption by gay men and women without exception, the ruling noted.

A lower court found in 2008 that the ban violated the state constitution's guarantee of equal treatment. It allowed the plaintiff, a gay man named Frank Martin Gill, to adopt two boys -- half-brothers he had been raising as foster children since 2004. The Florida Department of Children and Families said the lower court erred and the adoption was illegal under the state's 33-year-old ban on adoption by gays. But the state's Third District Court of Appeal in Miami Wednesday upheld the lower court's finding that "there is no rational basis for the statute."... [Full Story]

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