Sep 22, 2010

Which Do You Want First, the Good News or the Bad News?

Okay, we'll do the bad news first. Despite the urging of the Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, as well as numerous other military leaders, legislators, and people of good common sense, the United States Senate declined to vote yesterday on a defense spending bill that contained a repeal of the ridiculous Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that remains in effect in our military. Both the New York Times and the Washington Post issued editorials this morning condemning the gamesmanship of the process and the irrationality of the ban, and there was widespread fury among LGBT communities and organizations.

Feh. Enough about that. In better news, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal (a federal appeals court) upheld a 2008 decision of a Miami-Dade county judge holding that Florida's 33-year-old ban on adoption by lesbians and gays is unconstitutional. The appeals court agreed with the trial court that the state failed to present any credible evidence supporting the ban. The ban is lifted as of today, although the parties say they want the case to go to the Florida Supreme Court in order to get a final statewide resolution of the case. In the meantime, there's cause for celebration.