Published: Oct 12, 2010 9:07 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 12, 2010 6:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Department of Children and Families won't appeal to the Supreme court a ruling that the state's gay adoption ban is unconstitutional.

Gov. Charlie Crist had already said he wouldn't seek enforcement of the law, considered the nation's strictest. DCF said Tuesday an appeal had a "less than limited chance" of succeeding.

DCF also said that the appeals court ruling applies statewide.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal last month upheld a finding that there is "no rational basis" for the gay adoption ban.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing gay parent Martin Gill, urged an appeal to the Supreme Court to make sure the ban would be lifted statewide, but agrees with DCF that the ruling applies to all state courts.