Nadine Smith

One Year Ago: The End of Florida's Anti-Gay Adoption Ban

Filed By Nadine Smith | September 23, 2011 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: adoption rights, Equality Florida, Florida, gay adoption, gay foster parents

September 22nd marked the one-year anniversary of the fall of Florida's anti-gay adoption ban.

Over the past year, hundreds of parents have finally been able to adopt the children they have been raising. Now, those children will have the legal protections that only adoption can provide. Other gay Floridians have stepped forward to adopt children stuck in foster care who want desperately to have a permanent family and a loving forever home.

Ending the ban was both a legal and political victory. Most of all it was a victory for the 20,000 children in foster care and the nearly 2,000 who are waiting and hoping to be adopted.

This victory has been years in the making. It belongs to every plaintiff and lawyer who challenged and chipped away this ban in court over the years. It belongs to everyone who lobbied the legislature and helped shift public opinion. And most of all it belongs to every family that stood up to tell their real-life story and, by doing so, refuted the lies at the heart of this ban.

To mark this anniversary, we are spotlighting gay families from across Florida. I'm proud to add my own family portrait to the gallery and to know the state my son will grow up in is more just and more respectful of diversity than ever before.

To all of you proud parents, we invite you to help us commemorate this day by sending in your favorite family photo.

It only takes a few minutes to share your joy. Click here to upload a photo of your family today.

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