Nadine Smith

Florida Attorney General Will Not Appeal Adoption Ban

Filed By Nadine Smith | October 22, 2010 6:00 PM | comments

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has announced he will not appeal the Third District Court of Appeals ruling that the state's anti-gay adoption ban is unconstitutional.

Bill-McCollum.jpgSince Sept 22nd, Florida's ban on gay people adopting has been over. We are pleased to learn that Attorney General Bill McCollum has decided not to squander more taxpayer dollars and muddy the waters on a matter the courts have decided unanimously

I celebrate the end of a ban that has literally torn families apart and denied children permanent loving homes for over 33 years. The courts have been clear that this ban is irrational and puts anti-gay prejudice ahead of the needs of children.

The Attorney General's full statement

Attorney General Releases Statement on Decision to Not Appeal the Gill Case

Attorney General Bill McCollum today released the following statement on his decision to not appeal the Gill Case. This will be the only comment provided by the office on this matter.

The constitutionality of the Florida law banning adoption by homosexuals is a divisive matter of great public interest. As such, the final determination should rest with the Florida Supreme Court, not a lower appellate court. But after reviewing the merits of independently seeking Supreme Court review, following the decision of our client the Department of Children and Families not to appeal the decision of the Third District Court of Appeal, it is clear that this is not the right case to take to the Supreme Court for its determination. No doubt someday a more suitable case will give the Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold the constitutionality of this law.

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And yay for the ACLU for fighting and finally defeating this law, not giving up in five consecutive lawsuits over 20 years!

We didn't win this one, as much as we wore down McCollum and his rightwing nutjobs.

He's a good friend of Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions, who will, if the GOP wins the Senate, be the nest Judiciary Chairman. (Perish the thought) And Georgia Sen. Saxby Cahmbliss, who, i addition, to having a stupid name, actually had the nerve to call-out former Sen. Max Cleland (D) for his stance on military issues. Cleland served in the USSenate, and as Veterans Administration director, from a wheelchair, which he earned on a battlefield while in our Armed Forces. And where he lost both legs.

You see, these neocons have no shame. They'll go down any path to win. We have seen their treacherous methods before.

They must be stopped. Drive a stake through their hearts.

IMHO this is a good thing but is has nothing to do with how Bill McCollum feels about the issue. The pervading dynamic is that he is on the street and needs to find a job (which I'm sure some nice right wing business mogul will provide). Bill has no upside at this point in appealing so he is exiting the stage.

Gee, they decided not to fight the ruling, allowing the lower court's decision to stand. I wonder if there's a learning moment here?

So, Pres Obama, are you planning to have the DoJ fight this one, too? Florida is trying to tell you something. Listen up!

Hopefully Alex Sisk will be elected Governor of Florida.

If Rick Scott is elected Governor, will he try to have this overturned?

I'm guessing he didn't want to defend George Rekers' testimony during the appeal?

janiice J carney | October 23, 2010 1:47 PM

He sure as hell would have filed an appeal if he was running for the senate or for Governor to get right wing votes.