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Florida Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson's Anti-Gay Adoption Stance

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An appearance by Florida State Democratic Rep. Darryl Rouson (formerly Republican) on a talk show discussing adoption by same-sex couples has been raising eyebrows.

Said Rouson: "I think it is wrong to allow adoptions of children by gay and lesbian couples. It sends a wrong message early to a child during formative years that’s hard to overcome just by sitting down and talking to them."

As well as, "I think lesbianism and homosexuality is morally wrong. The law is supposed to discriminate sometimes, in some respects, it is supposed to discriminate against social order and anarchy."

Rouson is running against Rev. Charles McKenzie in the August 26th Democratic primary. McKenzie supports anti-discrimination laws and opposes Amendment 2, the Marriage Protection Amendment.

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  1. WES -- I believe that by signing DADT and DOMA into law -- with the support and approval of his loving wife -- Bill Clinton was exploiting bigotry and using us as scapegoats. If the LGBTQ community, as a general matter, was less self-deluded and self-loathing then it would support the Green Party which has a platform fully inclusive of gay rights rather than continuing to suck up to the Democratic Party which continually beats us down. If more LGBTQ people came out of the political closet to actually vote their interests and principles then the Green Party could gain greater traction in the political system; however, as long as we keep rewarding the Democratic Party for refusing to act in accordance with our interests then we should expect more of the same: nothing!

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 11:42:58 AM


  2. Michael Bedwell -- wow, the Democrats in Cali gave us a Harvey Milk day. What a great day for LGBTQ liberation! A Harvey Milk day in Cali makes up for DADT, DOMA and the lack of ENDA. We are so lucky that there are so many courageous Democrats out there giving us relief where we really need it. Sounds like Harvey Milk day is exactly what I'm complaining about: a lot of pandering, symbolics and rhetoric from the Democrats but at the end of the day no real political gains for us.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 11:46:57 AM


  3. ThatsReich soooooooooooooooo desperately wants your attention.

    But is she worth it?

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 6, 2008 11:48:06 AM


  4. THATSRICH,

    while your comments drip with anti-dem sarcasm, they don't display any cleverness on your part. rather, they betray an almost childlike (and certainly childish) lack of political sophistication. are you capable of producing an original thought, or are you so accustomed to parroting right-wing talking points and aping their behavior that that ability is beyond you?

    seeing the writing on the wall, rouson changed parties for political expedience. to lump his sorry ass into the pool of democrats and then hold him as an example of democrats in general is ridiculous in the extreme. don't be stupid.

    you may also want to read about the politics of the 90s. you may find that the clintons were ahead of the curve when it came to gay rights, gays in the military, universal health care, appointments of gays and minorities to cabinet and high-level positions, etc. again, don't be stupid.

    i suppose that you think that being snide and making facile generalizations makes you come across as cute and smart and informed. but to the contrary, it makes you appear intellectually lazy and dishonest and, well, dumb. the next time you wish to make one of your "astute" comments, you may want to consider this time-worn truism: it is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 6, 2008 12:19:04 PM


  5. http://www.bilerico.com/2008/08/disturbing_video_the_law_supposed_to_dis.php
    Equality Florida and the rest of us are on to him.

    Posted by: banshiii | Aug 6, 2008 12:19:05 PM


  6. "Harvey Milk day is exactly what I'm complaining about: a lot of pandering, symbolics and rhetoric from the Democrats but at the end of the day no real political gains for us."

    All those gay couples getting married in California would beg to differ.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 6, 2008 12:23:30 PM


  7. Back in the day Harvey Milk was a deeply closeted investment banker with a paid boytoy on the side. That boytoy was Joe Campbell aka. "The Sugar Plum Fairy" of Warhol fame.

    Then he turned on, tuned in, dropped out, got the hell out of Dodge, moved to San Francisco and became quite a different person. If you want to hold support for Goldwater from his early days over his memory go right ahead, but it makes no sense whatsoever to do so.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 6, 2008 12:23:39 PM


  8. Crispy: You can thank the California Supreme Court for marriage equality there -- and among the judges who voted for the decision to allow gay marriage were Republicans. Fancy that.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 12:29:08 PM


  9. In my lifetime, I've known a number of racist homosexuals, just as I have a number of bigotted blacks. This notion that being a minority would necessarily encourage one to empathize more greatly with others who also endure oppression gives way to a greater instinct common among all humans, which is to climb higher among the ranks of of the social order by standing upon the shoulders of others. It is sad, indeed, but an unavoidable fact that exists currently.

    Perhaps this is why Larry Kramer's rantings sound less and less like lunacy, and more reasonable over time. The fight against a federal hate crimes bill, the lack of any protection against housing discrimination or employment discrimination, a fight for a federal marriage amendment, let along Don't Ask Don't Tell. A minority in our own families, we are woefully out numbered by those who do not care or, worse yet, wish to bend us to their will by taking away our right to put food on our tables or keep roofs over our heads.

    This is why we must achieve the impossible, and bring together such a diverse community as ours, setting aside our petty judgements concerning one another, coalesce and rise to a greater political force than we currently are.

    Tolerance is an inactive word when held up next to the word "respect," and respect will not be given to us until we begin to respect one another and demand it from society at large.

    Really, enough is enough.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 6, 2008 12:29:22 PM


  10. NIC -- I think it's time to get back on your medication.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 12:30:54 PM


  11. Thatsrich: It wouldn't have gone to the Supreme Court if it wasn't for Democratic Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsome. And you can thank Republicans for Proposition 8.

    You fucking imbecile.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 6, 2008 12:40:31 PM


  12. "ThatsReich soooooooooooooooo desperately wants your attention."

    That's right, 24Play (or is it party 'n play 24/7?) -- by choosing not to think the same and vote the same I am making a desperate grab for attention. How dare I even think of stepping out of the LGBTQ lockstep code of conformity. It would be better if I were exactly like you, and give up my deluded belief that the LGBTQ comunity actually was a diverse group of people representing all walks of life. I bet with your lack of individuality you must be a real hit at parties, 24Play!


    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 12:44:11 PM


  13. Words of wisdom from Ta-Nehisi Coates, the newest blogger over at The Atlantic:

    "I have one request guys. Please, please, do not respond to any trolls. You will only make it worse. Frankly, there's little that can be said to offend me--I grew up around people who would snap on your dead grandmother. But what I really hate is to see a conversation get eaten by two or three people who are attempting to argue with a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith. Have some sense, and don't fall for the con."

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 6, 2008 12:49:50 PM


  14. Curses! Foiled again by the forces of decency, law and order!

    Of course, the label under his picture says "Republican", which was a Foxian move?

    Posted by: anon | Aug 6, 2008 12:50:59 PM


  15. 24Play: paranoid, much? Or do you really believe that anyone who dissents from your monolithic vision of the world is a troll? Why are you so afraid of dissent? Is your grasp on reality really that fragile?

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 12:58:01 PM


  16. a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    a guy who's basically just baiting them, and not really arguing in good faith.

    Posted by: 24play | Aug 6, 2008 1:05:04 PM


  17. 24Play: Now you're just being reduced to hysteria; please, get it together, man.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 1:20:01 PM


  18. THATSRICH,

    ouch! you got me!

    i repeat: i suppose that you think that being snide and making facile generalizations makes you come across as cute and smart and informed. but to the contrary, it makes you appear intellectually lazy and dishonest and, well, dumb. the next time you wish to make one of your "astute" comments, you may want to consider this time-worn truism: it is better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    moron!

    24PLAY has a point -- ignore the ignorant pissants.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 6, 2008 1:22:29 PM


  19. NIC and Jason

    100% correct

    This guy switched from being a religonista repub to a religonista dem because he realized the repub brand is DOA at the moment.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 6, 2008 1:28:06 PM


  20. NIC and 24Play: Your repeated exhortations to ignore my posts are belied by your continued responses to my posts. And you call me ignorant? That's rich.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 1:28:21 PM


  21. To Michael Aug 6, 2008 12:29:22 PM

    You are apparently the only sane, well-meaning, non-hysterical poster on this thread. Sincere thanks for writing that.

    Posted by: charles | Aug 6, 2008 1:31:43 PM


  22. If you're addressing me, Mr. Ehrenstein, no, I do not "hold it against" Harvey Milk that he was once a Goldwater supporter [tho I did fairly note the fact that he was older than Hillary was when she made the same mistake]. One assumed it was obvious that the point was to point out the nonsense in Miss Green Thing's selective indictments—i.e., for other’s erudition as he proved himself invincibly ignorant with word one.

    He really should thank Andy for giving him a place to dump his chronic verbal diarrhea while the rest of us can be thankful that the as-currently-composed Green Party will remain for the foreseeable future wandering in the desert. Of course, there remains that little thing of their having been chiefly responsible for putting George fils in the White House and, thus, the further destruction of the environment, various economic catastrophes including a stratospheric deficit, the erosion of civil liberties for all Americans as well as the codification of gay second class citizenship in most states, and the deaths of tens of thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

    Combine that with his having cretinously called California “Cali” and we fear beheading is his only hope.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 6, 2008 1:38:48 PM


  23. It's just a matter of time before the media discovers that Rep Douchen is on the "down-low and fucking around with that closeted Florida governor. Considering how many gays reside in Florida can't the Victory Fund find one qualified openly gay person to run for office against these obviously stupid elected officals? Jeez.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Aug 6, 2008 1:39:03 PM


  24. "and we fear beheading is his only hope."

    Yes, Michael Bedwell: your use of violent imagery is what we all love so much about you, and certainly says a lot more about you than my use of "Cali" -- for shame! -- does about me. Makes me think you actually aren't losing a lot of sleep over "the deaths of tens of thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians" you otherwise purport to care about.


    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 1:57:10 PM


  25. Ah, there's nothing like the smell of a freshly dropped N-word on Towleroad discussion threads. Always an inevitability when a person with homophobic views also happens to be black.

    Posted by: GBM | Aug 6, 2008 2:15:52 PM


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