Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The Department of Children and Families
won't appeal to the Supreme court a ruling that the state's gay
adoption ban is unconstitutional.
Gov. Charlie Crist had already said he wouldn't seek enforcement
of the law, considered the nation's strictest. DCF said Tuesday an
appeal had a "less than limited chance" of succeeding.
DCF also said that the appeals court ruling applies statewide.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal last month upheld a finding
that there is "no rational basis" for the gay adoption ban.
The American Civil Liberties Union, representing gay parent
Martin Gill, urged an appeal to the Supreme Court to make sure the
ban would be lifted statewide, but agrees with DCF that the ruling
applies to all state courts.
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