Yet another judge has declared Florida's ban on gay adoption to be unconstitutional, and did so while signing an adoption order completing the process. And there was no hesitation in her order either.
"There is no rational connection between sexual orientation and what is or is not in the best interest of a child," Sampedro-Iglesia wrote in her order, obtained by The Miami Herald. "The child is happy and thriving with [Alenier]. The only way to give this child permanency...is to allow him to be adopted" by her.Wingnuts had a thrombo at the news.
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, called Sampedro-Iglesia's ruling "evidence of judicial activism" that violates state law.Mind you, a judge's first duty is to interpret the law as it pertains to the Constitution of the United States, so as constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe said, she was "taking seriously [her] oath to the supreme law of the land."
"A judge is not a legislature onto oneself," Staver said. "Judges don't have the ability to write laws any way they desire. They have to follow the rule of law, and this judge did not."
It's pretty clear I don't have much use for people who want to treat the LGBT community as second-class citizens, and that goes double for people like Matthew Staver and Liberty Counsel, whose idea of religious freedom means Christians are privileged and everyone else can rot, and who hide behind that religious freedom as an excuse to spread hatred for anyone they find objectionable according to their narrow view of what is moral and immoral. Seriously, if their headquarters were swallowed by a sinkhole, Florida would be a better place. The world would be a better place.
But regardless, on this issue, they're on the losing side, not just with this adoption, but in the long run as well. The LGBT community will be recognized as equals sooner rather than later, and people like Staver will be viewed by history the way George Wallace and Bull Connor are today--as relics of a hateful past that most decent people are ashamed of. Our kids, and their kids in particular, will wonder what in the hell took us so long.