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Equality Florida, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applaud decision not to appeal adoption ruling

From Equality Florida:

Adoption by Gay People Legal Throughout Florida

The following is a statement by Equality Florida executive director, Nadine Smith regarding today’s announcement by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum that he will NOT appeal the Third District Court’s ruling that found Florida’s ban on adoption by gay and lesbian prospective parents “unconstitutional.”

“Since Sept 22nd, Florida’s ban on gay people adopting has been over. We are pleased to learn that Attorney General Bill McCollum has decided not to squander more taxpayer dollars and muddy the waters on a matter the courts have decided unanimously.

We continue to celebrate the end of a ban that has literally torn families apart and denied children permanent loving homes for over 33 years. The courts have been clear that this ban is irrational and puts anti-gay prejudice ahead of the needs of children.”

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From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Florida attorney general chooses not to appeal court ruling declaring ban on gay adoption unconstitutional

MIAMI, Oct. 22 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded today to the decision by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum not to appeal a court ruling that declared the state’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“For far too long, senseless discrimination has prevented children in Florida from receiving the stability and permanence they so desperately need. We applaud Florida’s attorney general for doing the right thing and not appealing this ruling. This decision means that more children will be allowed to be part of a loving and permanent home.”

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