NCLR Applauds Florida Officials’ Decision Not to Appeal Adoption Ban Ruling

October 22, 2010

Today Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced that he would not appeal last month’s ruling by the Third District Court of Appeal striking down Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban as unconstitutional. Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state’s Department of Children and Families had already announced that they would not appeal the ruling. The ruling will become final after today, and will be binding on courts across the state.

A statement from NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell:

“It is truly heartening that Florida’s elected leaders have stepped up to the plate and finally agreed to put this offensive law to rest once and for all. We are thrilled that the Florida Department of Children and Families will never again have to waste its time rooting out ‘homosexual’ and bisexual people who apply to become adoptive parents—instead, it can now focus on making sure that children who desperately need homes can find the very best loving, devoted parents to adopt them. This is a great day for the state of Florida and for LGBT families everywhere.”

An End to Gay Adoption Bans?

July 28, 2010

by Lisa Belkin | New York Times

Data drives policy. Or, at least, it should. In recent months there have been several studies suggesting that children raised by same-sex couples are certainly no worse off (and in some ways are arguably better off) than children raised by heterosexual couples.

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University of Virginia Study: Adoptive Children of Lesbian and Gay Couples Developing Well

July 26, 2010

from The News Leader

Should the sexual orientation of prospective adoptive parents be considered when placing children in adoptive homes?

According to the results of a new University of Virginia study, the answer may be “no.”

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Senate Panel Rejects Gay Adoption Expansion

April 27, 2010

by Bill Barrow | The Times-Picayune

Lengthy and passionate testimony in the Senate Judiciary A Committee today ended with a 3-1 party line rejection of a measure that would have expanded gay adoption in Louisiana.

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Gay couples, Others Could Adopt under Rep. Juan LaFonta’s Proposed Changes

April 21, 2010

by Bill Barrow | The Times-Picayune

Rep. Juan LaFonta, D-New Orleans, is proposing to expand Louisiana adoption laws with language to recognize as parents both persons in a gay couple.

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West Palm Beach Votes in Support of Allowing Gay Adoption

March 23, 2010

by Andrew Abramson | The Palm Beach Post

The city commission took a stance against the state’s ban on gay adoption, voting unanimously today to support a repeal of the ban.

Florida is the only state in the country that doesn’t allow gay adoption and state representative Mary Brandenburg has already co-sponsored a bill in the Florida legislature that would repeal the ban.

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Every Child Deserves a Family Act

March 15, 2010

by Mike Neubecker, Vice-President, PFLAG National Board of Directors | Huffington Post

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic family in the Detroit area during the 60s, there were certain things that I assumed would happen in my life: I’d get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, and, eventually, have grandkids. We’d all enjoy the family gatherings that my siblings and I experienced as we grew up, and life would be more or less what I planned. But for anyone who has gone through the “growing up” process, they know that life is often not what we plan.

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Adoption Bill More About Excluding Than Including

March 9, 2010

by E. J. Montini | Arizona Republic

Last month, state Rep. Warde Nichols told me he wasn’t trying to inhibit or impede gay men and women when he introduced a bill giving preference to married couples in matters of adoption.

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Louisiana: State to Appeal Gay Adoption Ruling

February 22, 2010

by Bill Barrow | The Times-Picayune

A top state lawyer has confirmed that Attorney General Buddy Caldwell almost certainly will appeal a federal appeals court order requiring that Louisiana issue an amended birth certificate listing as parents two out-of-state men who, through a New York court, adopted a child born in Shreveport.

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Give Children a Chance for a Loving Home: Stop HB 2148

February 19, 2010

In as early as next week, the Arizona legislature will vote on HB 2148. HB 2148 is a bill that would require the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and adoption agencies to give primary consideration to placement of a child to a married people. Placement with an eligible single person or unmarried couple, will only be considered if a qualified married couple is not available.

Meanwhile, thousands of children under the care of Arizona’s DES are in desperate need of the love, hope, and help that non-married adoptive parents can provide. Please join us, and our colleagues at Equality Arizona, in stopping this discriminatory bill and making sure that a child’s need for security and love comes first and foremost when considering adoptive parents.

Email your elected official today and let them know that you oppose HB 2148. Urge them to vote no, because the best interests of each child should be the deciding factor in adoptions, without blanket rules that limit their chance for a loving home.

In Solidarity,


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