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An Adoption Tale of 2 States, 9000 Miles Apart

In Australia’s New South Wales, a gay foster father is celebrating what’s believed to be the state’s first approval of a homosexual adopting a child, and the state’s parliament just approved a law permitting same-sex couples to adopt together. Meanwhile in Florida, Vanessa Alenier a lesbian woman in a committed relationship with Melanie Leon (pictured R-L), continues to fight to adopt a relative’s infant who was taken by state welfare authorities after his mother was deemed an unfit parent. While one court approved the adoption, it’s been appealed by the Department of Children & Families, citing a 1977 state law barring gays from adopting, putting the boy’s legal status in limbo. Congratulations, Florida!

By:           Max Simon
On:           Sep 12, 2010
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  • 6 Comments
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      Because we all know it is sooooo very much better for kids to wallow in foster facilites than be in a loving home with persons who will love and care for them……..

      For some reason we tend to think of Florida as somewhat of a progressive state. Maybe because of the image of Miami, South Beach, and some other cities as being somewhat Gay friendly.

      In actually it is basically a state run by redneck rightwing hillbillies with suntans.

      Sep 12, 2010 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Congrats to New South Wales and Boo on Florida for staying stuck in the early 1970s in terms of adoption.

      @Plays Well: No kid would prefer to stay in the “system” than to be adopted. They don’t *care* if it’s a single parent home, a same-sex couple or an opposite-sex couple.

      Florida’s southern third runs fairly liberal (‘tho it’s fair to say the retiree population tends to be socially conservative.)

      People often don’t realize that the panhandle mimics the Gulf states politically, and there are large wide swaths of very conservative rural / semi-rural country outside the big cities.

      Lots of rfundie eligiosity and a horrible education system, to boot !

      Don’t forget that “Pastor Jones'” church is in Florida too !

      Sep 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      @Jeffree: Where the fcuk have you been????? I thought you abandoned me in the Queerty system :p

      Sep 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • comstocl load
      comstocl load

      Is it really that hard to at least scan the articles you link to? While it’s true the NSW has just decided to let gay couples adopt, this gentleman happens to live in the state of Victoria where gay couples still canNOT adopt, and that’s why only one of the partners could adopt this boy. Things are definetly NOT as rosy in Australia as your sloppy article would have us believe.

      Sep 12, 2010 at 11:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      @Comstocl Load. Thanks for the clarification. Errors on threads like this one remind me to click through to the source, because those mistakes are almost never corrected here.

      @Plays Well: School started up so I’m studying lots. Plus, too many threads are descending into ugliness and “troll.vs.troll” debates that just are sapping the site of its better posters.

      Sep 13, 2010 at 12:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      Was the mother deemed an unfit parent for being gay, or did she have to do something?

      Sep 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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