Frank Martin Gill, the plaintiff in a court challenge to Florida's gay adoption ban, has urged Governor Charlie Crist to not appeal Wednesday's ruling declaring the ban unconstitutional.

The 3-judge appeals court unanimously upheld a lower court's ruling that found the law to be unconstitutional and to have “no rational basis.”

The decision means Gill can legally adopt the two half brothers he and his partner have raised since 2004.

“I understand that the governor would like to hear my views in considering whether to appeal the decision of the Third District Court of Appeals striking down the ban on adoption by lesbians and gay men,” Gill said in a statement. “After considerable thought and consultation with my attorneys at the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), it is my hope that the state will not appeal and the case will stop here.”

“I understand that if the state does not appeal this decision, it will apply to all Floridians and put an end to this baseless law that has harmed my kids and so many other children and families.”

“I am eager to adopt my two children and to remove this barrier to adoption for other children as soon as possible. Ending the case now would be the quickest way for that to happen,” he added.

Crist previously supported the state's defense of the law, but the Republican-turned-independent now campaigning for the U.S. Senate had a recent change of heart and now says he objects to the law.

Florida enacted the ban 17 years ago. It is the only state with an outright ban. Other states have enacted laws that limit gay couples' access to adoption. Such as Arkansas, which denies unmarried couples – in a state that bans gay marriage – the right to jointly adopt children.

Attorneys for the ACLU backed Gill in urging the governor to not appeal the case to the Florida Supreme Court.