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ACLU appeals Florida gay adoption ban to Supreme Court

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appealed Florida's gay adoption ban to the US Supreme Court on Friday. The primary argument advanced by the ACLU is that the 1977 law violates the equal protection clause by singling out homosexuals as a class. Florida is the only state with a complete ban on adoption by gays and lesbians.

In July, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals refused to rehear a challenge to the law, declaring that the issue should be left to the legislature. The Supreme Court will decide whether to hear the appeal in January. Read the ACLU press release here. AP has more. To view the statute, click here, then proceed to Chapter 63, Section 63.042.

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