Most people know that, for a long time, Florida did not permit gay individuals to adopt children.
Florida’s adoption laws were and are mainly based on the best interests of the child. Even if a prospective adoptive parent were a convicted violent felon, the felony likely would not automatically prevent an adoption from happening; the judge would need to entertain evidence and make a determination about whether, despite the felony, the adoption was in the best interests of the adoptee.
But if a prospective adoptive parent were gay, and the judge knew this fact, there would be no analysis. A gay person was not permitted under Florida law to adopt a child, regardless of whether it was in the child’s best interest.
However, that all changed in 2010, when Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals published its decision in In re the Adoption of XXG and NRG.