Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Florida's governor mum on signing gay adoption ban repeal despite appeals court ruling

The Washington Blade (Michael Lavers) is reporting that Republican governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has declined to say whether he will sign the bill repealing Florida’s legislated ban on gays and lesbians adopting children, story here
But the state has not enforced the ban since 2010, when a state appeals court struck it down.
Equality Florida has a drive to urge signing the law, here saying that the horrible history started by Anita Bryant is over.
Rosie O’Donnell, as I recall, had moved away from the state for this reason.

Equality Florida is warning about HB 7111, another bill which would allow private adoption agencies to continue discrimination in various ways, even if getting state funds.
When I was working on my book centering on the military ban, back in the 1990s, I started encountering more interest in the parenting and adoption issues even then.  In the mid 1990s, Kenneth Morgen’s book “Getting Simon: Two Gay Doctors’ Journey into Fatherhood”, taking place in Maryland, was an important book.

Update: April 27

Florida legislature apparently tables vote and will adjourn, HRC story

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