Judge overturns Florida ban on adoption by gays CNN) -- A Florida circuit judge declared unconstitutional Tuesday a 31-year-old state law that prevents gays and lesbians from adopting children, saying "the blanket exclusion" of gay applicants "defeated Florida's goal of providing dependent children a permanent family." "The best interests of children are not preserved by prohibiting homosexual adoption," Judge Cindy S. Lederman wrote in her 53-page ruling. Florida is the only state that specifically bans all "homosexual" people from adopting children, although it does allow them to be foster parents. This month, Arkansas voters approved a ballot measure to prohibit unmarried partners -- same-sex or opposite-sex couples -- from adopting children or from serving as foster parents. The measure is similar to one in Utah, which excludes same-sex couples indirectly through a statute barring all unmarried couples from adopting or taking in foster children. Mississippi allows single gays and lesbians to adopt but prohibits same-sex couples from adopting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Mississippi law makes no sense. Why can single gays adopt but not couples. What happens if you adopt while single then a year or two later meet the perfect partner. Now you're a couple, do they come and take away the kid?