Tuesday, January 11, 2005


By Stockton

Supreme Court Sidesteps Gay Adoption Case
Mon Jan 10, 2005

By GINA HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court steered clear of a dispute over gay adoptions on Monday, energizing conservatives who want other states to copy Florida's one-of-a-kind ban on gays adopting children.

In refusing to review the law, justices averted a second showdown over gay rights in two years. The court barred states in 2003 from criminalizing gay sex, a decision that brought strong criticism from conservative and religious groups.

Monday's action indicates the court is finished for now with the delicate subject.
Conservative groups, whose recent focus has been on blocking gay marriages, cheered the decision.

It "sends a huge message that the court is not going to be open to a broad-based homosexual agenda," said Mathew Staver, president of the Liberty Counsel in Orlando, Fla. Other states, he said, should start considering similar laws.

"I don't care how long I have to wait for a mother and father," declared six-year old Ephraim Wilson, one of Florida's 8,000 children awaiting adoption by a straight couple. "I'd rather be in a state facility than be 'homodopted'. Besides, Uncle Jeb stops by every four years, usually in late October or early November."

The law ('Anita's Law') was passed in the late 1970's at the height of Anita Bryant's Hate Crusade against homosexuals. Governor Bush agrees with the law. "That's the ideal. Children do best when they have a mom and dad," said Bush, father of a drug addicted daughter that he raised with his wife. "I don't care how long those children have to wait. Fifteen, eighteen years. They're going to have a mother and father."

"It may be a hard knock life, but that
beats being adopted by fags!" - L. O. Annie

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