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Florida Legislature repeals 38-year-old ban on gay adoption

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Florida’s 38-year-old ban on gay adoption is getting tossed out by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature. The Florida Senate on Tuesday voted 27-11 for an adoption bill (HB 7013) that repeals the law first passed in 1977. It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. State Sen. Don Gaetz, the sponsor of the bill, called the current ban “meaningless” since it is no longer enforced. An appeals court ruled it unconstitutional in 2010. But state Sen. Alan Hays called the repeal of…

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Martin Dyckman: Will Florida Senate recognize that every child has the right to be loved?

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In May 1957, people across the nation were anxious over a decision that Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins was about to make in a legal controversy unlike any other. It concerned an extradition request for a fugitive couple from Massachusetts, but one that was far from routine. The charge was kidnapping, but the real issue, as Collins came to see it, was whether a child has “the right to be loved.” Nearly 58 years later, the same question underlies an emotional…

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House bill would remove gay-adoption ban from law

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The Republican-dominated Florida House quietly acknowledged Wednesday that gay people have the right to adopt children when they supported a bill amendment that removes a gay-adoption ban from law. The vote came five years after an appeals court ruled that the state’s gay-adoption ban is unconstitutional. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist refused to appeal the decision. While some Republicans voted against the bill amendment, none spoke out against it and it was quickly approved. It is part of a larger bill (HB…

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AG candidate Holly Benson reaffirms her stance against gay adoption

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Republican attorney general candidate Holly Benson came to Creative Loafing’s offices in Ybor City last Wednesday, May 27, and sat down and spoke with them for about 20 minutes.  During the interview Benson reaffirmed her opposition to gay adoption: CL: We asked you last week about Florida’s policy on gay adoption, where we’re the only state that does not allow gays to adopt.  You said you support that.  Can you please elaborate?  Why is Florida the only state that does…

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