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Professor Vivian Berger’s compelling arguments against the Florida law banning gays and lesbians from adopting are right on target [NLJ, April 4]. Enacted over a generation ago, this anti-family, anti-child statute is similar to the gay-only sodomy law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, a law that not only showed disrespect toward the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered community, but one that demeaned their existence (to paraphrase Justice Anthony Kennedy). The American Bar Association has voiced very strong support of second-parent adoptions, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that its members advocate for initiatives that establish permanency through second-parent adoption for children of same-sex partners through the judicial system, legislation and community education. Far from promoting the welfare of children and families, Florida’s social policy ignores the primary purpose behind adoption laws, which are intended to provide much-needed stability in the lives of children by strengthening the family unit. Mark Momjian Philadelphia The writer is the co-chair of the committee on the legal rights of unmarried cohabitants of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Section of Family Law and is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

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