State Agency Will Not Appeal Ruling That Struck Down Gay Adoption Ban
The three decade-old law was originally overturned by Judge Cindy Lederman in a Miami-Dade Circuit Court in a case the state spent lots of money trying to defend and paid George Rekers, the now-disgraced, so-called "expert" on why gays shouldn't adopt, to testify.
"We had weighed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to achieve an ultimate certainty and finality for all parties," said Joe Follick, the department's communications director, in a statement.
"But the depth, clarity and unanimity of the DCA opinion -- and that of Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman's original circuit court decision -- has made it evident that an appeal would have a less than limited chance of a different outcome."
The Department has already said it's created new forms for adoptive parents that do not include questions about sexuality.
Governor Charlie Crist has said that his office, which control the DCF, will not appeal the decision.
Technically, Attorney General Bill McCollum could go forward with an appeal, thought that seems unlikely at this point.