By Kathy Jones and Rose Palazzolo
On Sept. 22, 2010, Frank Martin Gill and his partner came a step closer to finalizing the adoption of their two foster children, when a Florida appeals court overturned the state's ban on gay adoptions. If the ruling holds, Florida will be the last state in the nation to end its outright ban on same-sex adoptions, and Gill (shown above with one of his foster sons) will be able to tell the boys he has raised since 2004 that they can become a full-fledged family. Gill's case could be a milestone in a nation that has thrown up many roadblocks—legal and social—to same-sex couples hoping to be parents. Here's a look some of these couples and their efforts to legally marry, and foster and adopt children.