FL adoption case plaintiff Martin Gill: ‘I really felt relieved for the first time’

Steve Rothaus has excellent coverage of the news that the Attorney General of Florida decided not to appeal the Gill case decision. He’s got statements for the key playere, including McCollum. I really like Steve’s post with this quote from plaintiff Martin Gill:

“This is the first time I felt a sense of closure, finality,” Gill told me Friday night during an ACLU reception at the Shore Club hotel in South Beach. “I really felt relieved for the first time — and a sense of pride for what we accomplished for the state of Florida.”

And, check out the photos from last night’s party, especially this one.

Adoption is an issue in Florida’s elections:

In the tight gubernatorial race, Democrat Alex Sink has said she would support same-sex adoptions, while her opponent, Republican Rick Scott opposes it.

“What I believe is marriage is between a man and a woman . . I believe that children are raised in a more healthy environment if they are raised by a married couple,” said Scott when asked in Wednesday’s debate whether he thought homosexuality is immoral.

In the race for attorney general, Democrat Dan Gelber has praised the appeals court’s decision and agrees gays should be able to adopt. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, has said she opposes gay adoption and has pledged to pursue an appeal.


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