Court Orders Florida to Recognize Gay Adoptions From Other States

Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman's ruling that overturned the gay adoption ban in Florida is still working its way through the court system, but yesterday another Florida judge handed down another ruling in favor of gay adoptive parents.


Kimberly Ryan and Lara Embry were a happy lesbian couple living in Seattle. They each got knocked up, and adopted the other's biological child under Washington law. Then they moved to Sarasota, Florida, and nothing good ever comes out of moving to Sarasota, Florida. The couple broke up, though they rotated custody of both children for two years. Then, somewhere along the way, Ryan became a Christian of the born again variety, got engaged to a man, and decided it would be no good for her daughter to see a woman she knew as a parent. Embry suited. 

Previously a lower court decided that Florida could basically ignore Washington's silly little laws, but the 2nd district court of appeal decided that Florida will recognize gay adoptions in other states under the pretty standard faith and full credit clause which is found in the United States Constitution. 

While the Embry-Ryan ordeal is pretty sad, twisted and in should no way be held up as a poster case for gay parenting, the ruling would allow for gay parents to move to Florida with out worrying about whether or not a pretty basic and necessary thing, like their relationship with their child, will be recognized or not. 

Of course, Charlie Crist says he'll have his lawyers poke around in the gay adoption thing to figure out the full impact. By which he probably means the full impact on his Senate run. 

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Kyle Munzenrieder