I’ll add this little note to the end of the current string on the Florida ban on adoption by lesbian/gay people. You can read about the ban (which is a legacy of Anita Bryant’s campaign in the 1970s) in the earlier posts.
There are a number of cases in which the ban has been ruled unconstitutional. Some are on appeal. And now this story from the Wall Street Journal Law Blog says that the Governor of Florida (Charlie Christ, running for US Senate as an independent) is considering dropping the state’s appeal in the case involving Martin Gill. Christ attributes this deliberation to his becoming less judgmental with age, but I’m sure many suspect a more cynical political calculation is responsible.
In any event, it’s worth nothing that Gill (the successful adoptive father) and his ACLU lawyers do not want Florida to drop its appeal. They’ve a strong argument here and an appellate court decision striking the ban would have a much broader legal impact than any concession in the case. I’ll try to keep an eye on this one. It does look increasingly like the Florida ban will not survive that much longer. After all, it’s only been in place 33 years or so.