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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