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Gov. Crist Orders Halt To Enforcement of Gay Adoption Ban

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2010

Following the state Appeals Court ruling that declared Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay parents unconstitutional, Governor Charlie Crist and George Sheldon, the Department of Children & Families Secretary, confirm that they will no longer enforce the ban:

“Children deserve a loving home to be in, and the opportunity for judges to make this call on a case-by-case basis for every adoption,” said Crist, who once supported the ban. The U.S. Senate candidate reversed himself after he left the Republican Party and began courting liberal and moderate voters.

George Sheldon, the Department of Children & Families secretary who voted against the ban while representing the Tampa area in the 1977 Legislature, called the three-judge panel “the first court in the history of Florida ever to have struck down this law.”

“Obviously, the District Court of Appeal’s decision has statewide application, so, as of today, the statute is unconstitutional. The department will no longer enforce the ban,” he told The Miami Herald. Though Sheldon has long opposed the adoption ban, he said he had no choice but to defend the statute in court as the head of Florida’s child-welfare agency.

As to whether the state would file an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court:

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill McCollum, whose office represented the state in the case, declined to say what action he will take.

Sheldon said he, too, had yet to chart a course, which would seek to balance the state’s desire for finality in the law against the Gill family’s need for some reassurance that the children would remain with the couple until adulthood.

So we’re not quite at the final act just yet. But it seems we’re very, very close.

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customartist
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

So cut the children in half!

All of this tugging at pawns who are the children has absolutely nothing to do with any Real Proveable Evidence of abuse nor neglect; but it only serves as further proof of both the irrational hatred toward Gays, and of the lesser level of consideration that the public at large has for homeless children as opposed to their need to manifest opression onto otherwise fine and capable parents who happen to be Gay.

Rick in Kansas
September 23rd, 2010 | LINK

The reality and very real problem with this announcement is, that the potential expiration date on the end to enforcement of the ban comes with the exit of Governor Crist in roughly three and a half months. Until this law is repealed by the legislature, or struck down by the Florida version of the Supremes, it’s still on the books ready to be unleashed by whoever becomes Governor down the road.

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