Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D. Professor of History
Jessica Cabness, D.S.W. Assistant Professor of Social Work
M Doering, Esq. Staff Attorney for National Center for Lesbian Rights
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Nearly thirty years ago the state of Florida launched a campaign against homosexual adoptions. What began in Miami with a public debate over a referendum to make discrimination based on sexual orientation unlawful ended with a community divided and a welfare system taxed even further. "In 1977, Florida became the first state to statutorily ban adoption by gay or lesbian adults by enacting the homosexual adoption provision. Currently, it is the only state with such a prohibition."
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