Florida has made strides in recent years to help same-sex couples grow their families. If you are looking to adopt, Bryan McLachlan can guide you through the legal processes of adopting as a same-sex couple, so contact him any time at As the result of a long and continuing battle for equal rights, gay adoption in Florida is more possible now than ever before. Prior to , gay adoption was explicitly illegal in Florida, but the Florida Court of Appeals declared the ban unconstitutional. Still, Florida statutes indirectly barred same-sex couples from adopting jointly. The law stated that any individual could adopt alone and that any married couple could adopt jointly.
Florida ban on gay adoption unconstitutional, court rules
Judge rules against Florida gay adoption ban
Martin Gill left , foster father of two brothers, and attorney Robert Rosenwald smile after an appeals court upheld a lower court's finding that Florida's strict ban on adoption by gay people is unconstitutional. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said the state will stop enforcing its law banning adoption by gay people after an appeals court on Wednesday ruled it unconstitutional. Florida is the only state that expressly prohibits gay couples from adopting. Advocates for traditional families have long defended the ban, saying it promotes a family structure.
Florida's gay-adoption ban unconstitutional, court rules
A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida's year-old gay adoption ban unconstitutional in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since Declaring the adoption to be in the boy's "best interest", circuit judge David J Audlin Jr, said the Florida law forbidding gays and lesbians from adopting children is contrary to the state constitution because it singles out a group for punishment. Florida is one of only two states - including Mississippi - that forbid gay people from adopting children.
Rick Scott still wants private, religious-based adoption agencies to be able to turn gay couples away. Scott signed a bill Thursday that removes the adoption ban enacted in the days when entertainer Anita Bryant crusaded against gays. It is part of a larger bill that promotes adoption, and striking the language simply reflects reality after a judge found the ban unconstitutional five years ago. David Richardson, Florida's first openly gay lawmaker and the Miami Beach Democrat who amended the adoption bill to remove the gay ban.