Gay foster parent ruling in Key West
In Key West, a family is celebrating a victory in what never should have been a battle in the first place - a Monroe County judge declared Florida’s ban on gay adoptions unconstitutional, paving the way for Wayne Larue Smith’s son to legally be able to call him “Dad.”
But Smith and his partner Daniel Skahen have been their son’s fathers for 7 years. The legal roadblocks stemmed from Florida’s ban gay adoptions, a rule purported to preserve families that, in actuality, only serves to hurt the children who need parents most.
We reported on the initial overturning of the ban last week, before the courts had released Smith’s and Skahen’s names. Since then, the Miami Herald has taken a closer look at the family, including reports on the obvious, have-already-been-stated-and-proven evidence that gay parents are “just as good” as hetero ones.
The new ruling prompted us to revisit the landmark 1997 ruling in New Jersey that set the precedent for allowing gay couples to adopt. While we were snooping around, we found this analysis by religioustolerance.org, a GLBT-inclusive religious organization whose mission is to untangle the truth and doublespeak so frequently employed by those who tout policies purported to preserve the integrity of families, but which actually only serve to keep children homeless. Their report is fascinating, but also sparks unease, when you realize that in a decade…not much has changed. Despite a body of statistical evidence to the contrary, including now 10 years worth of case studies, the same old panicky false arguments against gay adoption are still being employed.