How Many Court Rulings Will We Need to Kill Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban? So Far, At Least 3

Since Florida still maintains a 1977 law banning gays from adoption, each time a gay couple wants to do it, they have to get a court order. Vanessa Alenier, with partner Melanie Leon (pictured, R-L), just secured the state’s third such ruling, meaning she’s the official new parent of a one-year-old relative who used to be a ward of the state. Congrats! But also: Don’t any of these court ruling knock down that state law?

Not yet.

That’s because there’s currently a case snaking its way through the courts to decide the constitutionality of the state ban, and until that’s decided, parent hopefuls will have to make their own cases before a judge time and again.