A waiting game. (Adoption).
At stake is the legal theory behind the court rulings. "If the Supreme Court bases the Lawrence decision on equal protection rights, then it could possibly affect other homosexual discrimination cases," an American Civil Liberties Union spokesman explained.
ACLU attorney Matt Coles who argued the Florida case in Atlanta on March 4, pointedly drew attention to the 3,400 foster children awaiting adoption in the state. Although gay people can serve as foster parents, a 1977 state law prohibits them from adopting.
Douglas Houghton, a foster father to 11-year-old Oscar and a plaintiff in the case, said he's willing to stick it out for the long haul. "If this case ends up in the Supreme Court, I'll be there, ready to fight," he said.
The Supreme Court probably won't announce a decision in Lawrence until June.
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|Title Annotation:||adoption by gays in Florida|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 15, 2003|
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