Gay Adoption Upheld . . . Now What? - Nov 17
Gay Adoption Upheld . . . Now What?
 
Sponsored by Adult Religious Education and the Adoption Task Force
 
Everyone is excited about the recent Third DCA decision upholding the adoption of two brothers by their foster parent, Martin Gill. But, how far reaching is this decision? Find out its effect on the future of DCF and private adoption law at a special presentation on  November 17, 2010  from 7:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Library in Gore Hall.
 
The presenters are Family Law Attorneys Saidge Schmidt and Natalie Jean Martin
 
BACKGROUND

A gay man challenged the Florida Statute prohibiting him from adopting two children he  has been caring for as foster children. Florida's Third District Court of Appeals decided that subsection 63.042(3), Florida Statutes (“No person eligible to adopt under this statute  may adopt if that person is a homosexual.") violates the equal protection provision found in article I, section 2, of the Florida Constitution. The Department of Children and Families did not appeal the decision.  Our current Attorney General announced that he will not appeal the decision.  This leaves the State of Florida with a statute that has been found  to be unconstitutional.

So what now? 
 
This seminar will explain the rationale behind the Third District Court  of Appeals' decision, as well as how this ruling affects the decisions of local judges and judges outside of the Third District.  You will learn the differences between Department  of Children & Family adoptions and private adoptions. Most importantly, you will have an opportunity to have two local attorneys answer your questions.
 
Presented by Family Law Attorneys Saidge Schmidt and Natalie Jean Martin.
 
 
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