ACLU: Appeal Unneeded to End Florida Gay Adoption Ban

By: AP
By: AP

Miami, Florida (AP) --

The American Civil Liberties Union says no appeal to the Florida Supreme Court is necessary to bring a final end to the state's ban on gay adoptions.

ACLU attorneys said on Thursday, September 23 a state appeals court ruling that the adoption ban is unconstitutional applies statewide. Gov.
Charlie Crist also said based on that ruling the state would no
longer enforce the three-decade-old ban that is the nation's
strictest.

The ACLU and gay parent Martin Gill are urging Crist to let the
case end to prevent more legal uncertainty. Crist officials say no
decision has been made on a state Supreme Court appeal.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday, September 22 upheld a lower court's finding that there is "no rational basis" for the gay
adoption ban.


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