ACLU receives large gift to help end Florida’s gay adoption ban

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida and its LGBT Advocacy Project has been awarded a $150,000 grant from The Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund to defend its recent trial court victory ending Florida’s ban on adoption by gays and lesbians, and to educate Floridians about the case. The grant funds will pay some of the significant costs of defending the judgment on appeal and of conducting a grass-roots public awareness campaign.

“Thousands of children are languishing in Florida’s foster care system and there are qualified people ready to adopt them. It’s time to end this discriminatory ban and untie family judges’ hands so they can grant Florida’s children the opportunity to grow up in a loving home,” said Rob Rosenwald, Director, ACLU of Florida LGBT Advocacy Project. “Through our pending litigation and the court of public opinion, we will end the ban and bring equality to our state’s adoption policies.”

ACLU is charged with ending the ban by 2012. A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this year shows that there is more public support for lifting the ban than ever, with 55% supporting an end to the ban and only 39% opposing it.

Article adapted by ProudParenting from original press release

3 thoughts on “ACLU receives large gift to help end Florida’s gay adoption ban

  • August 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm
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    Heterosexuals don’t even CARE about these children that most Heterosexuals look upon as ‘throw-aways’ to begin with. They seek to deny happiness to both the child and the family where the adoptive parents share the same genetic components.

    All the while, screaming their Heterosexual heads off about morality? While hundreds of THOUSANDS of children pay the price for the Heterosexual’s inability to control their breeding?

    Morality indeed, Heterosexuals. Morality indeed.

  • August 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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    My partner and I moved from Florida last year partly due to the fact that we could not marry or adopt. Now we are in Massachusetts, have married, and just started the process towards a waiting child adoption. Florida may be my home-state, but I am ashamed how backwards it continues to be in not only the fight for equality, but in putting what is best for children ahead of their homophobia.

  • August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm
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    They regard us as “throw-aways” as well.

    They regard themselves as being superior to God in that when confronted with the reasoning that God doesn’t make mistakes, they come up with some gibberish indicating that somehow we are damned from conception.

    When we moved to Florida 22 years ago, we would have liked very much to have adopted, despite the financial hardships involved.

    Now at 58 and 66, we’re too old and tired to do so.

    Thank you, Anita Bryant, for ruining not just that part of our lives, but the lives of countless children of two generations since you did your evil, hateful thing while your husband enjoyed the “fruits”.

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