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Florida Dept of Children and Families Won’t Appeal Gay Adoption Ban Ruling

Jim Burroway

October 12th, 2010

George Sheldon, secretary of the Department of Children & Families, announced today that his agency will not appeal a recent ruling by the Third District Court of Appeal that declared the state’s ban on adoption by gay parents unconstitutional. Sheldon communicated his decision to state Attorney General Bill McCollum this morning.

It is unclear whether McCollum himself will exercise his authority to appeal the decsiion to the Florida Supreme Court. McCollum was responsible for hiring discredited “expert” George Rekers for more than $120,000 in his defense of the state adoption ban. Rekers was later photographed returning from a European vacation in the company of a companion hired through Rentboy.com. Rekers said he turned to Rentboy.com to find someone to “lift his luggage.”