Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Update on FL Gay Adoption Ban

Last week we blogged about the Florida gay adoption ban. Today, the Miami Herald is reporting that a Miami-Dade circuit judge has issued a third ruling against the ban.

Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia said, "There is no rational connection between sexual orientation and what is or is not in the best interest of a child," when she ruled that Vanessa Alenier could adopt a one-year-old family member as her son.

“While the 1977 law remains in limbo, Sampedro-Iglesia's ruling suggests some state court judges already have made up their minds about gay adoption, a thorny political issue in a state with a significant social conservative streak,” reports the Herald.

The Florida Department of Children and Families has not decided whether it will appeal Sampedro-Iglesia's ruling.

The state is appealing one of two earlier rulings in favor of adoption by gays. That case, Gill v. DCF, is under review in the third district court of appeal, with a decision expected soon.

For more on this story, click here.

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