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FL - State Adoption Law Challenged

State Adoption Law Challenged
BILL KACZOR
Associated Press Writer

TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. (AP) ? Unmarried men who fail to register with the state as potential fathers before a child is adopted should lose their parental rights, an adoption agency lawyer told the Florida Supreme Court this morning.

Justice Harry Lee Anstead asked if that meant an unmarried man who has sex with a woman should skip ?smoking the classic cigarette? and instead immediately tell the Health Department: ?I want the state to know that I?ve just had sexual intercourse.?

Jeanne Tate, the lawyer for Heart of Adoptions Inc., replied that a man would have nine months to sign up with the Florida Putative Father Registry, maintained by the state Department of Health.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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