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HRC Lauds Florida Department of Children & Families Decision Not to Pursue Adoption Ban

October 12, 2010
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Agency announces it will not appeal intermediate court ruling that a ban restricting gays and lesbians from adopting is unconstitutional.

Washington - Today, George Sheldon, Director of Florida's Department of Children & Families (DCF) announced that the agencies will not appeal an intermediate court ruling that a 1977 prohibition on allowing gays and lesbians to adopt violates the state constitution. DCF has determined that the ruling is applicable statewide, therefore sexual orientation will no longer be a factor in uniting children with parents. Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

"Today is a victory for children in need of loving families throughout Florida. Every child deserves a permanent, stable home and now gay and lesbian parents can provide for some of the thousands of children in foster care across the state. Congratulations to the Gill family. Their tenacity, coupled with stellar representation from the ACLU, led to the end of a 33-year discriminatory ban."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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