FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KEY WEST, FL -- Vowing to overturn the only law in the nation that bans gays and lesbians from adopting children, the American Civil Liberties Union and Children First Project today filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Florida.
The groups, together with some of the potential adoptive parents and foster children, announced the lawsuit at a news conference today at the ACLU offices in Miami.
Florida's 1977 law -- passed in the wake of Anita Bryant's virulently homophobic "Save Our Children" campaign against gay rights -- bans any gay man or lesbian from adopting. The ACLU's seven clients include a gay man who with his partner has raised three foster children since infancy, other individuals who wish to become parents, and a heterosexual couple who have asked a gay relative in Florida to adopt their children in the event of their deaths.
Last month, New Hampshire lawmakers repealed that state's 12-year-old ban on gay adoption and foster parenting, leaving Florida the only state where children are denied adoptive parents on the basis of the sexual orientation of their potential adoptive parents.