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Gay adoptions.

I am writing to point out a simple, though to some readers a significant, misstatement in the August 1 article "ABA Model Rules, gay adoptions on board's agenda." The article states that, under current Florida law, "gay couples can be foster parents but are prohibited by state law from adopting[.]" While the statement is technically true, F.S.. [section] 63.042(3) prevents any homosexual (i.e. individuals) from adopting as well. A simple oversight on the News' part, I am certain, but one which unwittingly glosses over the situation of many Floridians.

Matthew P. Tabakman

Orlando

I read with disbelief that the Family Law Section voted to support homosexual adoptions. Why am I forced to support this action? If The Florida Bar cares to go into highly controversial social issues like the ABA, then I suggest membership should be like the ABA--elective, not mandatory.

John P. Joseph

St. Petersburg

(Editor's note: Bar sections use their voluntary annual dues to advocate legislative positions and no mandatory Bar fees would be expended if the section's request for permission to lobby the issue is approved.)
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Tabakman, Matthew P.; Joseph, John P.
Publication:Florida Bar News
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Sep 1, 2004
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