UPDATE: 1/11/05 @ 5:25
In a depressing development, the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal challenging Florida's absurd and deeply degrading ban on allowing gay couples to adopt children (How Appealing with the link).
I'm obviously very disappointed to hear that they aren't taking the case. I think that the 11th circuits reasoning in the case was shoddy, and contrary to what the Washington Post article implies, it isn't in any way comparable to the Court denying cert to the appeal of Massachusetts' pro-gay marriage decision. Put simply, Lofton (the gay adoption case) has a federal issue, and Goodridge (the Massachusetts case) doesn't. The Florida law is wholly unique amongst the nation, the legislative history makes it clear that the guiding, if not entire, principle behind the law was naked animus toward Gay people, and the law as a whole seems entirely inconsistent with the Court's groundbreaking decision in Lawerence v. Texas.
Now, those who wish for equality must turn to the political process. There has been an effort to round up support for repealing this disgusting piece of discrimination, but I don't have too much hope. The American political body just isn't ready to consider gay Americans equal citizens quite yet.
At least Israel is getting it right.
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh weighs in, as does Larry Ribstein. Meanwhile, Pseudo-Polymath takes issue with labeling those who oppose gay rights as "haters" (be sure to see my response in his comments section!). To be clear, its possible to vote for a law that restricts gay rights and not be hateful (although I think the Florida law, being an outgrowth of Anita Bryant's anti-gay "Save the Children" campaign, was an expression of hate, pure and simple), the vote certainly isn't "innocent" and at the very least is reflective of prejudice. However, in the interest of cooperation, I'll cease tagging all anti-gay rights personnel as universally "hateful," and instead label them "prejudiced" (clearly I've learned a lesson or two from Mr. Bush about bipartisanship!).