Florida Department of Children and Families Will NOT Appeal Decision Banning Gay Adoption

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced that they will not be appealing the decision that struck down Florida’s ban on gay adoption. This announcement brings gays in Florida one step closer to being able to adopt children.

“We had weighed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to achieve an ultimate certainty and finality for all parties,” said Joe Follick, the department’s communications director. “But the depth, clarity and unanimity of the DCA opinion — and that of Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman’s original circuit court decision — has made it evident that an appeal would have a less than limited chance of a different outcome.”

The Department of Children and Families has removed questions regarding sexual orientation from their adoption forms.

Florida was the only state with an explicit ban on gay adoptions.


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