Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another LGBT Victory - This Time in Florida

The state of Florida, which has banned child adoptions by same-sex couples, must now recognize same-sex couples that adopt out of state and relocate to Florida. This victory was spearheaded by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and is a tremendous step in the right direction for Florida. The decision which was made yesterday will not go into effect for another 30 days. It could however be delayed is those that oppose same-sex adoptions petition to succesfully have the case heard at the Florida Supreme Court. Shannon Price Minter, legal director for NcLR, believes the supreme court will opt not to hear the case.

This is a significant victory for us in Floida, but it's also important to point out that Florida itself still will not permit second parent same-sex couple adoptions. Yes they will now recognize that happened out of state, but don't think that you can do it in Florida. The ACLU has been successful in ending this ban in trial court and now they must present their case to the Florida Court of Appeals. Good luck to the ACLU and all LGBT couples trying to adopt in the Golden State.

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