Missed this yesterday, but here you go. From CNN:
A Florida appeals court Wednesday struck down a state law barring gay men and lesbians from adoption on the basis of equal protection under law.
The Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling that Florida’s explicit ban was unconstitutional, noting that the state’s adoption law required officials to assess potential adoptive parents in “the best interests of the child.”
“By the time of the trial below, the application of the statutory ban was contrary to both the professional judgment of the Department and the legislative directive to assure ‘the best interest of the child’ in ‘every’ adoption,” wrote Judge Cindy S. Lederman in the 42-page ruling.
Shortly after the unanimous ruling was announced, Gov. Charlie Crist — who is running for a U.S. Senate seat as an independent — said the state would “stop enforcing the ban.” A supporter of the ban earlier in his career, when he was a Republican, Crist added that he was very pleased with the ruling.
It is about time. That law was such an embarrassment to the state of Florida.
It’s fun to watch, though, now that so many cases involving equality are on the move, how truly, our opponents have no rational case for anything they say or believe.