Gay Fla. Couple Who Fought Adoption Ban Adopts 2

By: AP
By: AP


A homosexual Miami couple has officially adopted two brothers after they successfully fought to overturn Florida's three-decade old ban on gay adoptions.

Martin Gill and his partner were the boys' foster parents for
six years before the adoption was finalized Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Gill and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit
against the state, calling the ban unconstitutional. The 3rd
District Court of Appeal agreed in a ruling last year. The state
decided not to appeal.

Gill says he is thrilled they are "officially a family in the
eyes of the law."

The prohibition was enacted in 1977 and court records indicate
it's the only law of its kind in the United States.

The Department of Children and Families changed its forms so
adoptive parents aren't asked if they're homosexuals.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    SEB your comment is ignorant. If there are so many straight couples trying to adopt children, then why are there so many children in foster care? The reason is there ARE many families looking to adopt young, healthy, usually white BABIES. If a child does not fit that profile it will most likely spend it whole adolescent life in foster care. By the way, there are plenty of straight couples screwing up parenting, too.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    see truth, serena, You people are not thinking this through well. These children need a home. If the child is not a healthy baby (adoptive couples overwhelmingly adopt young healthy WHITE babies), then typically they are very hard to place in an adoptive home. So we are not talking about taking a child that would be adopted by straight people and it's being adopted by a gay couple. Usually it is a child that would be mired in foster care or a home until it was 18 and giving it a home with a gay couple. Now I agree that that is not my idea of a perfect solution, I am not gay and also have my reservations about gay adoptions, but to say that a child would be better off without parents than gay parents, I cannot agree with that. Any kind of parents beats the heck out of the foster care system. SEB you need to do your research. There are NOT plenty of heterosexual couples out there to adopt kids with handicaps or older children.
  • by SEB Location: Florida on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    While it is great that the children have found a "loving" home, it is sickening that these children are going to be raised by homosexuals. I do not buy the BS that people are "born" gay. It is a lifestyle that they choose and I agree with the comment about choosing to be gay then submit to the consequences...NO CHILDREN! There are plenty of heterosexual couples out there that would love to adopt, however the entire system is screwed up! I hope Governor Rick Scott does what he has spoke about and repeal the homosexual laws for adoption.
  • by Mia on Jan 19, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    Cannot believe the focus on subjectively interpreted morality on this blog by some people. What is most important is that these children have loving nurturing parents no matter the gender or relationship.
  • by Florida State Man Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Jan 19, 2011 at 09:23 PM
    Being a witness to several gay/lesbian couples who have children and have been loved, cared for more than what I think the average family does. They have grown up, got married to boys and girls and are bring up their children in society, church and they don't JUDGE! Too many have this idea about in their mind about gay people because of what they are shown in the media but we are truly sincere, loving and wanting to be love and wanting to love these pressure children who needs home. I hope that people will soon see and learn that 2 women can raise to children and two men can do the same. No one perfect and their are going to be apples in heterosexual couples and their are going to be bad apples in gay couples. We need to open and give them a chance
  • by paul Location: tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    Stop it you bigoted b******s! Being raised by a gay couple will no more make you gay then being raised by good people guarantee you will be good. Nor being raised in a "good" Christian family mean the kids will be fine. Be thankful that a loving family has adopted these kids.
  • by fk Location: tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    I'm adopted and I can surely say without a doubt...I would rather have been adopted by a loving GAY couple, than left to be "raised" by the foster care system. If you are not adopted, nor the friend/relative of a gay person, then you have no first-hand knowledge of which to speak! It's my hope for you that you never find yourself needing to comfort a child/loved one who is gay. What gives you the right to judge? Do you have children? Are they without issues?
  • by anon on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    seetruth, great comment.
  • by just t Location: tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    Being gay does not stop your ability to love and care for a child.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    What is this world coming to? Gay people should be exiled to a remote island far away from God fearing normal humans.
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