Facts about gay adoption in Florida

Florida has finally entered the 21st century! The long-standing ban against gay and lesbian people adopting has been ruled unconstitutional as of September 22, 2010. I had the pleasure of lobbying against the ban in Tallahassee and locally along with Equality Florida. It was heartening to see how many of us understand that sexual orientation has nothing to do with ability to parent.

What does this mean for you? Florida still does not recognize gay marriage, so gay and lesbian couples cannot adopt in Florida as a couple. However, one partner can adopt and the second partner can then adopt the child as a second parent adoption.

How does this work? For a couple adopting a child who is not related to either partner,

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