On Dec. Their parents had all but abandoned them. The boys — one 4 years old, the other 4 months old — suffered from scalp ringworm. The baby had an ear infection. Medicine sat in their house, unopened and expired. When Florida Department of Children and Families agents removed the kids, John was wearing a dirty, adult-size T-shirt and sneakers four sizes too small.
Florida Senate votes to remove gay adoption ban
Banning Gay Adoption Would Cost Foster Care System $ Million – Mother Jones
Saturday is National Adoption Day. A year after the boys arrived, Gill petitioned to adopt them. More on Time. At one point, the Florida courts ordered the adoption be approved, but the state immediately announced it would appeal. But when no appeal was filed by Oct. Utah prohibits adults who co-habit — gay or not — from adopting and so does Arkansas, though its law is under appeal.
Florida court strikes down gay adoption ban
Half a million children in the U. Currently three states—Florida, Mississippi and Utah—have outright bans on adoptive parents who are homosexual. Several other states have or are considering policies that would restrict LGBT couples and individuals from fostering or adopting a child. Some states: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington DC, actually protect potential adopters by prohibiting sexual orientation from being used as a basis to prevent a prospective applicant from being a adoptive or foster parent.
In re: Gill is a landmark Florida court case that in ended Florida's year ban on adoptions by homosexuals. In , Frank Martin Gill, an openly gay man, had petitioned the circuit court to adopt two boys that he and his partner had been raising as foster children since Gill was prohibited from adopting by a Florida law prohibiting adoption by gay men and lesbians in that state. Lederman declared the ban violated the equal protection rights of the children and their prospective parents under the Florida Constitution , and granted Gill's adoption request.