From the Christian Family Coalition:
Christian Family Coalition Calls on Miami Appeals Court to Respect the Rule of Law and Uphold Florida's Law Protecting Orphaned Children!
The Christian Family Coalition had court watchers present as a Miami Appeals Court heard oral arguments over Florida's 32-year-old law protecting orphaned children from homosexual adoption. Last fall, the now-demoted Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman, struck down the law as "unconstitutional".
In a few months, a three-judge panel of judges -- Gerald B. Cope Jr., Frank A. Shepherd and Vance E. Salter -- will decide whether or not to uphold to their oath of office and the rule of law by allowing the law to stand. Under questioning by the panel, Timothy D. Osterhaus, deputy solicitor general for Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, said there was ample evidence presented at trial that homosexual men and women suffer disproportionately from a variety of social ills, such as mental illness and substance abuse.
``There is evidence that homosexuals have higher rates of mental disorders, suicide rates and domestic violence,'' Osterhaus said in response to questioning by Shepherd. ``This is a plausible rational.''
"We applaud the state of Florida today for speaking to the fact that an orphaned child, placed in a home with homosexuals, is in a high-risk environment, furthermore, adoption IS a PRIVILEGE, NOT a right, no one, be they homosexual or heterosexual, has a right to adopt another human being. Finally, the state of Florida, through its elected officials, have already spoken to this issue, therefore, it should be the people, through the legislature who should make any changes to existing law, not unelected and unaccountable judges", stated Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition.
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