Banning adoption by gay men and lesbians is an injustice


Published: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 1:26 a.m.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider the constitutionality of Florida's ban on adoptions by gay men and lesbians, we must look to the Florida Legislature for relief from this 28-year-old injustice that sets Florida apart from every other state in the nation. Gov. Jeb Bush is the key to legislative change.
We are nearing the end of the Jeb Bush era. Does he want his legacy to be that, in order to maintain Florida's policy of hostility to gay people, he fought to keep children in the clutches of a foster care system that loses and abuses children?
Nixon went to China, and the current President Bush - when he was governor of Texas - automatically restored the voting rights of citizens who completed their sentences.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should exercise similar courage and leadership to end a public policy that sacrifices the need to provide permanent and stable adoptive homes for children to the ugly prejudices of lawmakers of a generation ago.
Howard Simon, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida , Miami

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