Florida adoption case symbolizes vast cultural change
If you want a sign of how profoundly social views of homosexuality have shifted in the last 20 years, look no further than what happened today in Florida, when conservative AG Bill McCollum decided not to ask the Florida Supreme Court to review an appellate court decision that the state law banning gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional.
The law was passed in 1977 in a flurry of anti-gay bigotry inspired by Anita Bryant's victory in repealing an anti-discrimination ordinance that had been enacted in Dade County. The ACLU has brought lawsuits in state and federal and then state again courts for 20 years in the effort to eliminate the prohibition of gay adoption. Last month they won a decision in an intermediate state appellate court, and the state agency responsible for adoptions announced that it had no desire to appeal the ruling.
With McCollum's decision, the last of Anita Bryant's hateful legacy has been erased. Ding dong, the witch is (finally) dead.
Huge congratulations to ACLU lawyer Leslie Cooper.