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Ban on Gay Adoptions Rule Unconstitutional

November 25th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

North Miami resident Martin Gill won the right to adopt two children today. What makes this case unusual is that Gill is openly gay. A Miami circuit judge ruled the states ban on gay adoptions was unconstitutional because allows different treatment for gay people and the children they raise for no rational reason. Neil Skene, a spokesman for the Department of Children and Families says the agency will appeal.

I may not like a traffic light that’s installed on the street corner, but I don’t have the right to just ignore it and go through the intersection, DCF spokesman Neil Skene said. So, the legislature has made a determination that there are categories of people that can and cannot adopt and it’s not for us to sit here and make an argument to the contrary.

A stay in the case is automatic when the state appeals, but it can be overturned by the circuit court if it is challenged.

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