In Miami, Save Dade aims to protect gay people from
discrimination. So you'd think, on a day like today, the group
would tally one point for themselves on the old civil rights scoreboard. A Miami-Dade Court
ruled there's "no rational basis" for prohibiting gay adoption this morning and,
yeah, at least temporarily, this is a loooong overdue symbol of hope for devoted
gay parents. But today isn't about waving rainbow flags or patting GLBT
activists on the back, says Save Dade Director CJ Ortuño. "In my opinion," he says
thoughtfully, "This is really a victory for the kids."He's right. In Florida there are 22,000 children in state
waiting to be adopted. Four thousand more are hanging in limbo at a
foster home. That's enough lonesome, abandoned kids to fill a whole
town. And Riptide's gonna go out on a limb and say they'd do much
better with stable, committed
47-year old gay man and his partner, than crossing fingers, hoping for
perfect white picket fence family to swoop them into normalcy. Martin
his partner aren't straight, but they've got a whole lot of love.
The ironic part is this: Department of
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Families -- which is supposed to defend an protect kids -- will now
seek to prevent Gill's foster sons from being adopted by the only
father they've ever known. Something doesn't seem right about it.