Gay Family At Center Of Florida Ban On Gay Adoption Attends 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll
Frank Martin Gill, his partner, and their three children were invited by the White House to participate in the tradition.
For more than five years, Gill and his partner have raised two half brothers who were taken from their abusive birth parents. A Florida judge approved the couple's 2008 adoption of the brothers, ruling that Florida's ban on gay adoptions was unconstitutional. But the state appealed that decision and the family is awaiting a ruling from Florida's Third Court of Appeals.
Gill told Miami's WTVJ that the invitation to the White House was "extremely gratifying" and that he saw it as evidence that the Obama administration does not discriminate. "Inviting us knowing that we are plaintiffs in this lawsuit, I think, yeah, it's a pretty strong statement."
Florida's 1977 law against gay adoptions is only law in the country that is an outright bans gay and lesbian parents from adopting, according to The Advocate.
In 2009, the White House sent tickets to the event to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered families. More than 100 gay families were expected to attend last year.
President Obama has been criticized for his administration's action on gay rights issues. While Obama said he would repeal the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rule during his State Of The Union Address, critics point to recent moves by Obama's Department of Justice defending the rule.
In March, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced changes that would make it difficult to discharge gay or lesbian soldiers who did not out themselves.
In 2006, the Bush administration invited more than 100 gay parents to the Easter Egg Roll and some conservatives accused gays and lesbians of trying to "crash" the event.
WATCH: WTVJ's report