Florida, previously the only state in the country that did not allow gay couples to adopt children, was repealed on Friday by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. The ban had been in existence in Florida for 33 years.
The issue came about because a couple, 49-year old Frank Martin Gill of North Miami and his partner, wanted to adopt two brothers who they had raised for almost six years as foster parents. Florida state law did allow for gay couples to be foster parents, however did not previously allow them to file for legal adoption.
An American Civil Liberties Union of Florida attorney stated, "This victory means the thousands of children in Florida who are waiting to be adopted will no longer be needlessly deprived of willing and able parents who can give them love and support of a family".
If you or someone you know is considering adopting a child, contact the Raleigh adoption attorneys of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to learn more about your rights.