Florida judge: Adoption ban has ‘no rational basis’
by AP News
Nov 25, 2008 10:38 EST
Miami judge rules against Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay people, finds ‘no rational basis’
A Miami judge has struck a blow against a Florida law banning adoptions of children by gay people.
Miami Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman ruled Tuesday there was “no rational basis” for prohibiting gays from adopting children.
The ruling will allow 47-year-old Martin Gill to adopt two young brothers he has cared for as foster children since 2004.
Florida has one of the strictest bans on gay adoptions in the country. A judge in Key West ruled in September that the ban was unconstitutional, but that ruling has had limited legal impact.
Attorneys for the state said they would appeal Lederman’s ruling. The appeal will ultimately decide what happens to the state ban in place since 1977.
Source: AP News
WOW! I can’t tell you how tiny and redneck Okeechobee was when I lived in florida. I was 1 1/2 hours east of it and it was a very very small town in the middle of the state (the exit from the florida turnpike for vero beach) i can believe they’d have a problem there…wish them luck. -val
H.S. gay club rejects name change
Published: Nov. 15, 2007 at 5:39 PM
OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) — Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance at a Florida high school have refused to settle a lawsuit against the school board by changing the club’s name.
The group sued the Okeechobee County School Board last year, claiming it should be allowed to meet on Okeechobee County High School property. The board argues it is a “sex-based club” and allowing it to meet at the school would violate a Florida law requiring schools to teach abstinence and “heterosexual marriage.”
Robert Rosenwald, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union who is representing the club, said that the name change is unacceptable to his clients, The Palm Beach Post reported.
“The students have made clear the name of the club is important to them because it describes their mission,” Rosenwald said. “From the beginning, the purpose of this club has been to prevent harassment and discrimination
against gay students.”
A judge has ruled the club can meet at the school until the lawsuit is resolved.
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