Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Florida gay adoption case

A Florida state circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the state’s ban on adoptions by gay people is unconstitutional (what is the legal definition of gay people in Florida law, anyway?)(Update: there isn’t one; the statute just says “No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a homosexual.”). We’ll see what happens when Florida appeals, but neither the 11th Circuit nor the Florida Supreme Court have an encouraging record.

The state of Florida defended the law vigorously, to say nothing of viciously, putting up expert witnesses (a Baptist minister; a “scholar who acknowledged he was guided largely by Scripture”; you know, experts) to argue that gay people are especially prone to drug and alcohol abuse and depression, that gay relationships are unstable, and that... and some people might consider this a tad ironic in light of all the libel poured on homosexuals by the State of Florida... their children are subject to societal stigma. The State of Florida literally went into court to argue that homosexuality is immoral.

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