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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!