Florida Gay Adoption Ban Overturned

Miami Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman ruled Tuesday there was “no rational basis” for prohibiting gays from adopting children. Openly gay father Martin Gill will be able to keep custody of the two foster children he has cared for since 2004. The state will appeal the decision.

Gill took two half-brothers into his North Miami home after a child abuse investigator asked for his help. While the arrangement was supposed to be temporary, the state was unable to place the children elsewhere and Gil became their de facto guardian.

When Gill petitioned to adopt the children, the state, which has one of the strictest anti-gay adoption laws of the country, hauled Mr. Gill to court.

While Florida allows same-sex couples to foster children, it doesn’t allow them to adopt. Today’s decision overturns that law for now, but the ultimate fate of the Gill family remains up in the air until the appeal is settled.

“No Rational Basis”– You mean it makes no sense that the state would allow gay people to take care of foster kids for years at a time as their legal guardian but prevent them from adopting those kids?  “No Rational Basis”. Yeah, that sounds about right. In fact, “no rational basis” nicely sums up the entire argument against giving gays and lesbians the same rights as straight people, be it the right to adopt or the right to marry.

At what point does “You can foster the kid, but you can’t adopt” or “You can be in a union, but you can not marry” stop being treated like justifiable arguments and more like the homophobic semantics designed to deprive citizens of equal rights that they are?  Well, in Florida, on at least one issue, that answer is “Today.”