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FL Appeals Court: Anti-gay adoption law violates equal protection

By unanimous decision, an appeals court has upheld a Miami judge who ruled that Florida’s anti-gay adoption ban is unconstitutional. The Third District Court of Appeals three-judge panel agreed with a judge who ruled in ’08 that there is “no rational basis to prohibit gay parents from adopting” and that the law violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents.

This is an historic day but the fight is not over yet. The case may now head to the Florida Supreme Court and anti-gay extremists are expected to seek a ballot measure putting this discrimination into the state Constitution. Equality Florida will continue working with its team across the state to be ready to defend this victory.