Anita Bryant’s Home State “Scores One” for Gay Adoption

Florida and Mississippi have laws forbidding Gays to adopt children. However, the Miami Herald online reported on September 9, 2008:

“A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida’s 31-year-old gay adoption ban ‘unconstitutional’ in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since 2001.”

“Declaring the adoption to be in the boy’s ‘best interest,’ Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.”

Because the particulars of this case involve adoption by someone who was already a guardian, it may not qualify as a precedent-setting ruling to open the way for gay adoption in the state of Florida. Nevertheless, it is a victory to be celebrated, and Curcuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. is to be applauded for his ruling.

Most of the comments to the online story were positive, with only one complaining about a “left-wing judge” ruining the country.

(see for complete story)

As we move forward in our quest for equal rights under the laws of this country (United States) we are constantly reminded that more and more of the populace at large have become more accepting of us as LGBT people in the community.

I celebrate this tiny victory today. A toast to claiming new ground! Orange juice, anyone? 🙂                          -MsQueer


P.S. If the “Anita Bryant” reference has you baffled (proving you were most likely born after 1970) see my addendum giving a little background information in the first response by MsQueer.

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4 Responses

  1. Anita Bryant was an American pop singer, and spokesperson for Florida Orange Juice, who organized a “Save Our Children” campaign that started in Dade County Florida and spread nationwide as an anti-gay-rights movement. Jerry Falwell joined in the effort.

    An article in Wikipedia reports that one of her statements made during a national campaign was: “As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children” and “If gays are granted rights, next we’ll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters.”

    According to the Wikipedia article, “On June 7, 1977, Bryant’s campaign led to a repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance by a margin of 69 to 31 percent. The gay community retaliated against Bryant by organizing a boycott on orange juice. Gay bars all over North America took Screw Drivers off of their drink menus and replaced them with the “Anita Bryant” which was made with Vodka and Apple Juice. Sales and proceeds went to gay political activists to help fund their fight against Bryant and her anti-homosexual views.” (see

    The “Orange Juice Boycott” gained momentum outside the Gay Community and won active support from celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Carroll O’Connor, Mary Tyler Moore, and Jane Fonda.

    Miss Bryant was eventually abandoned by the Florida Orange Citrus Commission, striking another victory blow for the power of economic boycotts. (See MsQueer Blog entry on Gay Buying Power: A Force To Be Reckoned With.

  2. Thanks for the great article MsQueer!

    Hope the judgement can be used as a precedent for future decisions.

    Andy x

  3. Please help.. I wrote on my blog yesterday about same sex adoption.. and the argument is getting heated.. I would love for you to comment to back up my view on gay rights! Thanks

    • Done. Great job covering this issue. Together we can overcome prejudice! Thanks for visiting my site. Will add yours to my blogroll. MsQ

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