Demand That Gay Individuals Be Allowed to Adopt in Florida

Target: Richard Lynn Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Allow gay individuals the right to adopt.

While many states have specific rules about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people being able to adopt, Florida is the only state that not only prevents gay, unmarried couples from adopting, but also prevents gay individuals from adopting. There is no reason that single gay people should be treated differently than single straight people in regards to adoption.

As far as LGBT couples go, many states do not allow them to adopt. The laws often prevent non-married couples from adopting, yet with gay marriage being illegal in most states, this automatically prevents them from adopting. This law holds true in Florida and is extremely closed-minded. Gay couples can’t just accidentally become pregnant like many straight couples do, thus having a child is a much more complicated for them and requires much more thought. In order for a gay couple to raise a child, they have to discuss the options with each other. These options often require a great deal of time and money, thus when a gay couple adopts a child, they most likely have put a lot of thought into their decision and plan to raise their child with love and care.

As far as LGBT individuals go, Florida is the only state that bans gay individuals as well as gay couples from adopting. If a single woman is allowed to adopt because she cannot conceive a child and is not in a relationship, what difference does it make if she is straight or gay? Regardless, if a single individual who is unable to have a child wishes to adopt, they should not be denied that right. Again, this takes much more serious thought than accidentally conceiving a child. A single person must consider whether they can raise the child by his or herself, as well as whether she can financially afford to raise a child on her own. If they are dedicated enough to still adopt after considering these options, it is obvious that this individual is ready to be a parent regardless of her sexual orientation.

It is extremely unfair that LGBT individuals are denied these rights in Florida and thus, these outdated laws must be changed.


Dear Governor Richard Lynn Scott,

Florida is the only state that prevents gay couples as well as gay individuals from adopting a child. By enforcing these laws, you are only denying many orphans the chance of having caring and loving parents. If no other groups, including felons and child molesters, are refused to be considered for adoption, why are gay individuals denied this right?

As stated before, Florida is the only state that prevents gay individuals and couples from adopting. If you don’t want Florida to continue outdated policies, it is imperative that you allow gay individuals to adopt. They deserve the same rights as any other citizen of Florida.

Furthermore, gay individuals cannot just accidentally become pregnant; becoming a parent as a gay individual requires a great deal of time, effort, and finances. If a gay person is willing to adopt, it is safe to say that he or she is ready to be a parent. In order to promote equality in your state and enable many orphans to go to caring and loving parents, it is necessary that gay individuals and couples be allowed to adopt in Florida.


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