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Amendment to Fla. gay adoption ban filed


Florida State Senator Nan Rich wants to protect children in established relationships with gay foster parents.

Does this have a chance? It looks like an attempt to peel back the layers of hatred of the gay adoption ban back and take the core out of it. (PNO):

A Florida lawmaker filed legislation Thursday to amend the state’s 1977 law that bans gays and lesbians from adopting. State Sen. Nan Rich has proposed that judges could allow adoptions if they conclude a permanent placement with a gay or lesbian foster parent is more important to a child’s development than maintaining a temporary placement. Sen. Rich told the Associated Press the plan is in the best interests of children who have long-standing relationships with their gay foster parents.

But, she adds, her legislation is not a complete repeal of the ban, either. It applies only to “long-standing relationships and tries to protect those children so that they can remain in a permanent placement where they have shared a loving, stable home.”

.. Florida is the only state in the union that prevents gays and lesbians from adopting under any circumstances. Convicted felons and drug abusers, however, can adopt as long as they are heterosexual.

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