Monday, September 27, 2010

Victory for Families


A state appeals court in Florida toppled a monument to bigotry last week, declaring unconstitutional a 33-year-old state law that prohibited gay people from adopting children. The animus behind the ban is unmistakable. Its sponsor in the Florida State Senate, Curtis Peterson, declared in 1977 that its purpose was to send a message to the gay community that “we’re really tired of you” and “we wish you’d go back into the closet.”

The unanimous decision by three judges on Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal — Republican appointees — found “no rational basis” to the state’s approach of banning adoption by gay men and lesbians while allowing them to be foster parents. The court said it violated the State Constitution’s equal protection clause.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/opinion/27mon3.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua211

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