"Three court decisions have now held that the ban on gay adoptions is
unconstitutional," said Hoch. "Since the rulings apply only in Miami-Dade and
Monroe counties, the legislature must now take action to permit gay men and
lesbians to adopt children throughout the state of Florida."

"If the adoption ban is not repealed by the legislature this session, ultimately this
unjust law will be overturned by the Florida Supreme Court," said Hoch.

      Securing Our Children's Rights (SOCR) is the leading statewide
      organization lobbying for the repeal of Florida's law.

      The ACLU of Florida has also undertaken a campaign to end the
      adoption ban.
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Lake Worth City Commission Opposes Gay Adoption Ban
by Armando Diaz, Jr.  
Source: Palm Beach County Human Rights Council

Lake Worth, FL ...
On the opening day of the Florida Legislative Session, Lake Worth
City Commissioners unanimously voted to direct legislators to repeal a Florida law that
has banned adoptions by gay men and lesbians since 1977.

The resolution, which was introduced by Lake Worth City Commissioner Cara
Jennings, calls for state lawmakers to repeal Section 63.042 of Florida Statute which
provides, "No person eligible to adopt under this statute may adopt if that person is a
homosexual."

Youth intervention specialist Donald Cavanaugh spoke in favor of the resolution, as did
several other individuals affiliated with COMPASS -- Palm Beach County's GLBT
community center.

Two bills, SB 102 and HB 3, were introduced by Senator Nan Rich (D-Sunrise) and
Representative Mary Brandenburg (D-West Palm Beach) to repeal the adoption ban.

Florida is the only state with a law prohibiting
gay men and lesbians - couples and
individuals - from adopting children.
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Three Florida courts have ruled that there is no rational, scientific or moral reason
that sexual orientation should be a barrier to adopting children and that the ban on
adoption by gay men and lesbians is unconstitutional, according to retired judge
Rand Hoch, President and Founder of the Palm Beach County Human Rights
Council.

The Council is a local nonprofit organization which is dedicated to ending
discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
For more information on the ACLU's campaign, go to:
http://www.aclufl.org/issues/lesbian_gay_rights/gay_adoption.cfm.

Sources:
www.ethani.com/
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council
http://
www.pbchrc.org/
http:/
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http://
www.carajennings.com/
http://
www.outinwestpalmbeach.com/home/news.asp?articleid=33926
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/SEctions/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId
=428
1&SessionId=42
http://www.nanrichforsenate.com/


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