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Gay Fla. Couple Who Fought Adoption Ban Adopts 2

By: AP
By: AP

MIAMI (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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