Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Florida won't enforce same-sex adoption ban
by Dana Rudolph, Keen News Service
2010-09-29

This article shared 4682 times since Wed Sep 29, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and George Sheldon, head of the state's Department of Children and Families ( DCF ) , said Sept. 22 that they would no longer enforce the state ban on adoption by gay men and lesbians.

The announcements came after a state appeals court upheld a trial court decision that found the ban unconstitutional. The appeals court said that Frank Martin Gill, a gay man, has the right to adopt the two boys he and his partner have raised for almost six years.

But it remains an open question whether the state will appeal the case.

Gill issued a statement Sept. 23 through the ACLU of Florida, which is representing him, saying, "I understand that the Governor would like to hear my views in considering whether to appeal the decision. ... After considerable thought and consultation with my attorneys at the ACLU, it is my hope that the State will not appeal and the case will stop here."

Leslie Cooper, senior attorney with the national ACLU's LGBT Project, said that if the state decides not to appeal, the state appeals court decision will be binding on trial courts statewide and "will allow lesbians and gay men who are interested in adopting—no matter where they live in the state—to apply and be evaluated under the same criteria applied to everyone else."

"This is precisely what our litigation has sought to achieve," said Cooper.

If the state does appeal, Cooper said, "we're confident that the Florida Supreme Court will reach the same result as the Third District Court of Appeal."

DCF opposed Gill in the case but is now giving the decision "a thorough review," said Communications Director Joe Follick.

"The primary consideration on whether to appeal," said Follick, "is finding the balance between the value of a final ruling from the Florida Supreme Court versus the impact on the Gill family." Follick noted that DCF plans to make a decision before its 30-day deadline.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement through his communications director, saying the attorney general's office would be "discussing" with DCF whether or not to appeal today's ruling.

But DCF Secretary Sheldon said Sept. 20 that the state would not remove the two boys from Gill's home even if the state Supreme Court decided to uphold the ban.

And Crist, who is now running for the U.S. Senate, told reporters at a news conference Sept. 22 that he wanted to meet with Gill before deciding whether to appeal. As governor, he could order the DCF to do so.

Crist's position on LGBT issues has shifted recently. On Sept. 12, he announced his support for a range of civil rights for LGBT people, including adoption.

Florida is the only state whose law specifically bans adoptions by all gay men or lesbians. Mississippi bans same-sex couples from adopting, and Arkansas, Michigan and Utah ban unmarried couples ( which, by definition, includes all same-sex couples in the state ) .

Although the ban will no longer be enforced, there is still another hurdle for same-sex couples in Florida: the question of joint adoptions by a couple or second-parent adoptions by one partner of the other partner's legal child. Gill, in fact, has a partner ( who remained unnamed in court documents ) . The men felt, however, that they would stand no chance in their case if they sued for a joint adoption.

In his statement, Gill said the state's ban "has kept me from adopting the two boys who have known me as Papi for the past six years."

"This deprives them of the emotional security of knowing they are part of a forever family," said Gill. "The law is also an obstacle to adoption for countless other Florida children who have no family of their own.

"I am eager to adopt my two children and to remove this barrier to adoption for other children as soon as possible. Ending this case now would be the quickest way for that to happen."

©2010 by Keen News Service. All rights reserved.


This article shared 4682 times since Wed Sep 29, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Cuban referendum, Gay Games, Berlin attacks, Indian trans men 2022-07-31
- Cuba's parliament announced that the country will hold a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage and surrogate parenthood, Deutsche Welle reported. The referendum on the new family law is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. ...


Gay News

GoFundMe page for UpRising Bakery raises thousands of dollars 2022-07-25
- A GoFundMe page for Lake in the Hills venue UpRising Bakery and Cafe—an LGBTQ+-owned site that was the subject of protests and vandalism after planning to host a family-friendly drag show that was later canceled—has raised ...


Gay News

Texas court stops state from investigating trans youth, families 2022-07-09
- The Travis County District Court entered a second injunction against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Commissioner Masters, barring them from implementing the agency's rule expanding ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Local trans leader Maritxa Vidal 2022-07-06
- Maritxa Vidal, a leader in the Chicago trans community, has died at age 64. She passed away June 9. As a child, Vidal immigrated from Cuba with her family hoping to find a better life. Vidal is a longtime advocate for ...


Gay News

Clela Rorex, first County Clerk to issue same-sex marriage licences, has died 2022-06-20
-- From a press release - BOULDER, CO - Out Boulder County and the family of Clela Rorex are saddened to announce the death of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pioneering ally, Clela Rorex. On March 27,1975 Clela issued the first ...


Gay News

Chicago Urban Pride's 'Pride Picnic' on June 26 2022-06-19
- Chicago Urban Pride will hold its Pride Picnic on Sunday, June 26, at Jackson Park, 6300 E. Hayes Dr., noon-8 p.m. The event is free and family-friendly. There will be DJs (playing house, hip-hop, R&B and ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Marriage poll, Family Equality event, podcast, NYC Pride 2022-06-12
- GLAAD responded to a Gallup poll showing 71% of Americans support marriage equality—another record high for the poll conducted each year since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage for LGBTQ people nationwide. In a ...


Gay News

Texas court issues emergency stop to Gov. Abbott's anti-trans youth directive 2022-06-10
-- From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas — The Travis County District Court granted a temporary restraining order on Friday to block the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from investigating PFLAG families ...


Gay News

Lakeside Pride to present 'Sweet Home Chicago" May 29, part of Pride Bands Alliance Conference 2022-05-23
-- From a press release - On Sunday, May 29 at 7pm, Chicago's Auditorium Theatre will host the culmination of the 40th annual Pride Bands Alliance conference. Chicago's Lakeside Pride is welcoming Pride Bands Alliance members from its family of 38 affiliate ...


Gay News

Highwood Pride Fest taking place June 4 2022-05-12
- The North Shore suburb of Highwood will hold its Pride Fest on Saturday, June 4. The full day of activities starts with a "Pride Rocks" family picnic at Everts Park at noon-3 p.m., followed by the (21+ ...


Gay News

DANCE A&A Ballet to offer Family Dance Series starting May 14 2022-05-02
- A&A Ballet (A&A), under the artistic direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, announced a new Family Dance Series at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Ave., premiering Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Fresh from ...


Gay News

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock, Williams family 2022-03-29
- Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock after he slapped him at the Oscars on March 27, saying his behavior was "unacceptable and inexcusable," per the BBC. "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris," ...


Gay News

Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration co-chairs named 2022-03-16
- Former Illinois state Sen. Heather Steans, Feeding America's Daniel Nisbet, Steans Family Foundation's Leo Smith and communications principal Terrence Chappell will be the co-chairs of the 2022 Bon Foster Civil Rights Celebration. The Lambda Legal ...


Gay News

Texas court blocks state from investigating families of transgender youth 2022-03-12
-- From a press release - AUSTIN, Texas The Travis County District Court issued an injunction today blocking the State of Texas from implementing a new directive that targeted trans youth. The directive ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services ...


Gay News

Congressman Davis praises HHS' LGBTQ+ foster-care guidance 2022-03-10
- Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Massachusetts) and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-Illinois) recently released a statement applauding new Department of Health and ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.