In December of 2008, Guest Contributor Martin Gill wrote about a judge's decision to allow him and his partner to adopt two foster children in their care. Our lead-in to that post was erroneous. We said: On November 25, a juvenile court judge granted Martin's adoption request, striking down the ban on gay adoptions in Florida. Actually, that ruling applied only to Martin Gill and his family, and the Florida ban on gay adoption, born of Anita Bryant in 1977, still remains.
In July 2009, The Tides Foundation's State Equality Fund awarded a $240,000 grant to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida's (ACLU-FL) Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advocacy Project to fund a three-year public education and outreach campaign. Fueled with additional funds from other sources including the John C. Graves Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, ACLU-FL, with GLAAD and Family Equality Council, will conduct state-wide trainings, coaching people on how to talk about the adoption ban with friends, family, colleagues and small groups of people.
On Saturday, January 9, 2010, a radiant Cynthia Nixon helped the ACLU kick-off their three-year campaign at a dazzling event at the elegant Shore Club in Miami Beach.
A history of the Florida ban on gay adoption and a look into the beautiful Martin Gill family, and my chat with Cynthia Nixon after the jump.
Pictured: Florida Senator Nan Rich, Cynthia Nixon and Florida Representative Mary Brandenburg