Tuesday, November 25, 2008

OK, the day has gotten better

Because there is at least one judge in Florida who has realized that it is the children who matter in an adoption:

A Florida circuit judge Tuesday struck down a 31-year-old state law
that prevents gays and lesbians from adopting children, allowing a North Miami
man to adopt two half-brothers he and his partner have raised as foster children
since 2004.


[...]

Lederman said the ban violated children's right to permanency provided
under the Florida statute and under the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act
of 1997. Whether the ban violated the state's equal protection clause by
singling out gays and lesbians should be considered, she said.


Of course the Florida Dept of Children and Family Services (DCF) is going to appeal the decision, but until then, these precious children will be with their parents. And, hopefully, the Florida Supreme Court will see reason and allow this adoption to remain.

Thank you to Mustang Bobby for posting this early this morning while I was still having a pity party about my car.

3 comments:

ModernMommy said...

YA!!!! WOOHOO!!! That is awesome!!! Maybe now the rest of the country will see that it IS about the kids!

Pete Bogs said...

this is good news indeed... those "activist judges" at work, eh? lol

Happy Thanksgiving!

LeftLeaningLady said...

Jill,
It is fabulous. Maybe Florida will join the 21st century soon.

Pete,
I'm sure you heard the same news reports that I did about 'legislating from the bench' but the Declaration of Independance (why can't I ever spell that word?) says "all men are created equal"