Press Room

July 21, 2004


Discriminatory Florida Adoption Ban Upheld by Narrowest Margin

'This ban will continue to undermine the best interest of thousands of children,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - With a majority needed to grant a hearing on Florida's discriminatory gay adoption ban, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal challenging the law in a 6-6 decision. Judge William Pryor - who was opposed by the U.S. Senate and recently appointed by President Bush during a congressional recess - voted to deny the rehearing.

"This ban will continue to undermine the best interest of thousands of children," said Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques.

"Judge Pryor has a dismal record when it comes to our families and his vote made the difference in this case. This proves the importance of electing a president who will appoint fair-minded judges. If we defeat President Bush, Judge Pryor won't be reappointed after his term expires this year."

Jacques added, "We commend the work of the American Civil Liberties Union in representing the plaintiffs in this case. There's no reason for preventing gay Floridians from adopting. Every major child welfare group agrees that these parents are just as capable as other parents. Plain and simple, this law is wrong."

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.