The terrible message Florida is sending to LGBT foster care youth

By Jorge Rivas
April 15, 2015

Imagine being a gay or trans teen in foster care in a state that’s currently debating whether same-sex couples can adopt children. You’re 15, bullied in your new high school for being LGBT, and you’re hearing politicians say that gay parents are unfit to adopt children.

That’s exactly what’s happening in Florida, where on any given day there are some 8,000 children in foster care.

On Monday, the Florida state senate sent the governor a bill that would get rid of an outdated and unenforceable law that banned gay Floridians from adopting children—a district judge ruled the law unconstitutional in 2010 but the state has kept it in the books for symbolic reasons.

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