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Published: 09/22/10

Florida Gay Adoption Ban Overturned, but 3 States Still Restrict It

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Florida Gay Adoption Ban Overturned, but 3 States Still Restrict It

(Sept. 22) -- For the past 33 years, the state of Florida has officially banned gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. Today, however, a court of appeals sided with a lower court and ruled that such restrictions were unconstitutional. The case, which was brought by a gay couple, will now likely head to the Florida Supreme Court, the Miami Herald reported. A 2009 Quinnipiac poll found that 55 percent of the state's residents favor doing away with the ban on gay adoption, while 39 percent of those questioned said they would keep it in place. If Florida's law, which is the only one t...

Published: 06/17/10

California Same-Sex Marriage Trial: An Uneven Matchup

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
California Same-Sex Marriage Trial: An Uneven Matchup

The lawyers have spoken, endlessly it seems. Nervous or defiant or righteous, the witnesses have testified. The slick spinners have spun overtime. And the zealots have shouted up and down the great Golden State and beyond. Now, the fate of same-sex marriage in California (and beyond) is in the lap of one man, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, a veteran jurist who has painstakingly shepherded the high-profile constitutional fight through its trial stage. With closing arguments now complete, with relative silence returned to the federal courthouse in San Francisco, all that is left for the jud...

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