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


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.

Watch it AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Did anyone actually listen to what he said? He is truly an idiot. Its good for gays and lesbians in a perverse way that he speaks his mind. It only insures that thinking people realize what a joke he is.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Aug 6, 2008 2:23:39 PM

  2. Thatsrich
    everyone reading this blog is laughing at you. Answer me however you want. We will still be laughing at you.

    Posted by: getalife | Aug 6, 2008 2:24:15 PM

  3. Rich, Rich, Rich. At least your inability to distinguish between fact and fantasy is consistent.

    When I wrote, "we fear beheading is [your] only hope" we were referring to euthanasia.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 6, 2008 2:24:27 PM

  4. GetaLife: And you'll still be a second-class citizen bitterly clinging to the Democratic Party as your only false hope by which to escape from your small meth-addicted bathhouse world. Good luck.

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 2:32:08 PM

  5. Good one, Rich. I knew you would take the bait-- I could have even scripted that response for you. How does it feel to be so easily controlled? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    and might I add: ha ha ha ha ha

    Posted by: getalife | Aug 6, 2008 2:54:51 PM

  6. "How does it feel to be so easily controlled?"

    It makes me feel like I'm a victim of mind control . . . much like gay man voting for a Democrat

    Posted by: ThatsRich | Aug 6, 2008 3:09:56 PM

  7. I live in Pinellas County. The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County (www.stonewallpinellas.org) have endorsed Reverend Charles McKenzie in this race.

    Please show some love for our friend - http://www.mckenzie2008.com/index-5.html

    Posted by: Steven | Aug 6, 2008 3:45:58 PM

  8. The Democratic Party is chock full of bigots like Rouson.

    They voted for DOMA and DADT and refuse to repeal them. They're like the chief of staff of the DNC, Leah Daughtry, recently appointed CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Daughtry, like fellow pentecostal sky-pilot Jimmy Swaggart, is a pigheaded opponent of same sex marriage. They voted to gut ENDA and to discard it and the hate crimes law. They voted to put a racist, anti-GLBT bigot on the Federal circuit court.

    These Democrats aren’t exactly what you’d call friendly to LBT folks, plus they're pro war and pro-business.

    Is it any wonder they're all set to choose a presidential candidate who will extend the war, trash civil liberties, support union busting and be as good a friend as DADT/DOMA Bill was?

    Vote against the Bush/Clinton Clones.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Aug 6, 2008 5:19:52 PM

  9. The funniest thing about Rouson's comments is when he says "I think lesbianism and homosexuality are morally wrong". But lesbianism IS homosexuality. You can't say "lesbianism AND homosexuality" - it's nncorrect English.

    If Rouson can't get basic English terminology right, then how can he be trusted overall?

    Posted by: jason | Aug 6, 2008 6:18:39 PM

  10. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha--- whew, I just can't go as long I used to before I got addicted to meth. In the bathhouse. While voting for a democrat. Under mind control.


    Posted by: getalife | Aug 6, 2008 6:28:28 PM

  11. Well i would say that lots of blacks and latinos are very homophic,almost as much as uneducated white trash in southern states which mainly vote republican. Anyone with a degree of knowledge about voting,dems and republicans would never vote republican,thats for sure. While the dems might not be perfect,all pro gay legislation hss come from dems and has been derailed or stopped by republicans. Even steriod gov Shriver in Ca vetod gay marriage when passed by dems in ca,thats how conservative fundamentalist and fascist republicans are and any gay person voting repubican is a disgusting human being. Thanks

    Posted by: chad | Aug 6, 2008 11:43:56 PM

  12. On August 5, Mr Rouson publicly and openly reversed himself at a political forum hosted by a local chapter of the NAACP. He additionally offered a personal apology to a openly gay candidate running for county office. If one considers this small step toward reformation sincere, then Towle's blog should at least make mention of the event.

    My guess is that Mr. Rouson might have conflicting beliefs and lingering concerns. I don't like watching the video or hearing those sentiments anymore than any other posters, but perhaps we can help educate him, rather than simply berate/debate his hurtful statements. A helping hand extended by Equality Florida, and HRC will be more productive in the long run.

    Link to story: http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/article757813.ece

    Posted by: Russ | Aug 7, 2008 9:41:38 AM

  13. So... after looking at Russ's link, it turns out the clip is 2 years old.

    So he said all those hateful things while he was a Republican!

    He became a Democrat in January, and has apparently learned quite a bit: "Sometimes we become educated and evolve," he said during a St. Petersburg NAACP candidate forum. "I have evolved."

    For example, he has evolved into a Democrat (I confess I too am an ex-Republican).

    Thatsrich's comments are hereby voided by the facts (which will come as a surprise to no one).

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 7, 2008 11:05:25 AM

  14. Democratic (sic) racists and homobigots like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond can morph into Republicans just as easily as Republican bigots like Rouson can morph into Democrats. Or those same bigots can stay in the Democratic (sic) party and inject racism into primary campaigns and buy time on Falwell-type radio networks to boast about signing DOMA. Clinton did.

    All this morphing back and forth and inside the two parties goes on because there aren’t any substantive differences between the parties, just cosmetic ones.

    Be smart. Vote against the Clinton Clone Obama and the Bush Clone McCain. Or just sit it out. Instead of giving money or energy to a pair of worthless frauds invest in movements for real social change.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Aug 7, 2008 2:04:37 PM

  15. It amazes me that comments such as this can be heard so clearly whilst the speaker's head is so firmly wedged up his own ass

    Posted by: earthquakepills | Aug 7, 2008 4:41:48 PM

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