The country’s only blanket ban on gay adoption came to and end today, when Florida’s attorney general decided not to appeal a court decision striking down a decades-old law.
Clearing this roadblock to gay adoption is a huge win for kids in Florida and for gay rights everywhere. The judge who ruled against the ban wrote, “gay people and gheterosexuals make equally good parents.”
We all knew that. It’s an opinion backed up by all the available scientific research. It’s only the far right that still thinks being gay has anything to do with how well you can parent a child.
The biggest winners in the Florida case are the two boys being raised by Frank Martin Gill and his partner. Gill brought the suit against the state when he was refused the right to adopt two boys he’s been raising as foster children for six years. He’s been parenting the kids (who are biological brothers) since they were 4 years and four months old. Gill says he did it all for his sons, who he can now legally adopt:
I really was just doing what was best for my kids…but as of today, there is no state that has a categorical ban on gays adopting. Florida was the only blanket ban and now it’s gone. I’m hoping there’s no going back.
Thanks to his courageous stand, kids waiting to be adopted all over Florida have a chance to be united with loving, responsible parents who just happen to be gay or lesbian.
Today started with President Obama posting an It Gets Better video and ended with this news. Sometimes, it seems, it really does get better.
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