The Florida Adoption Statute precludes people from adopting if they are gay. This statute has been on the Florida books for 31 years and has not been overturned. There is currently a case in Miami, Florida where a gay man is attempting to adopt two boys who are in his custody as the boys' foster parent. One month ago, a Key West Judge declared the statute which disallows a gay man or woman from adopting unconstitutional. This case is unlikely to carry any weight because it has not been appealed to a higher court. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out and whether there will be any cases before the Florida Supreme Court that will assist this man in his plight to adopt or whether his case will be the one that gets there. Many states allow people who are gay to adopt and there are now a handful of states that allow gay marriage or civil unions. It is just a matter of time before this issue gets before the Supreme Court and we have a ruling on it one way or another.
To read the story upon which this blog is based, see: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/10/01/Florida_adoption_law_has_new_challenge/UPI-54451222878414/