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Florida judge overturns ban on adoption by gays

A Florida circuit court judge Tuesday overturned a 31-year-old law that prevented adoption by gays and lesbians, reported CNN.

Miami Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman ruled there was no "rational basis" stopping gays from adopting children, reported U.S. News and World Report.

According to CNN, the state attorney general's office has already appealed the decision.

Florida is the only state that prohibits gays from adopting, reported U.S. News and World Report. Other states have de facto laws and conservative courts rarely rule to allow gay adoption, however.

Organizations like the National Adoption Center, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have said that allowing gays to adopt children does not negatively affect the children, reported CNN.

Gay adoption supporters are hopeful that the ban will be overturned finally after 31 years, reported U.S. News and World Report.