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Watch: Florida AG Bill McCollum Doesn't Like Gay Adoption, Says He Hired Rekers Because Other 'Experts' are Afraid to Testify

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In a new interview with Sun-Sentinel Broward Politics, Florida gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Bill McCollum defends the hiring of "ex-gay" fraud George Alan Rekers. Rekers, you may recall, was the state's only witness in its case defending Florida's ban on gay adoption, and was caught in late April returning from a vacation with a "rent boy".

Here, McCollum explains that Rekers was not an "expert" but was a "scholar" hired because he had "the expertise to admit documents." McCollum claims that it was difficult to find other experts on gay adoption because people are afraid to speak out against gays because of fear of discrimination due to the political climate on college campuses.

Rekers was paid more than $120,000 in taxpayer money for his "expert" defense.

McCollum also discusses his "political, personal view" on gay adoption. Basically, he's a bigot:

"I don't believe that the gay family model is good for the kids."

In related news, a University of Virginia study was released this week saying just the opposite:

"In a sample of 106 adoptive children living in different parts of the United States, youngsters were developing well regardless of whether they were living with lesbian, gay or heterosexual parenting couples. The study found that whether or not adoptive children were developing in positive ways was unrelated to the sexual orientation of their adoptive parents. The finding appears in the August issue of the journal Applied Developmental Science. "We found that children adopted by lesbian and gay couples are thriving," said U.Va. psychology professor Charlotte J. Patterson, who led the study. "Our results provide no justification for denying lesbian or gay prospective adoptive parents the opportunity to adopt children. With thousands of children in need of permanent homes in the United States alone, our findings suggest that outreach to lesbian and gay prospective adoptive parents might benefit children who are in need."

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  1. Sorry Bill, there are no experts because it is junk science and you are exposed as the idiot that you are.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 27, 2010 11:06:23 AM


  2. Fortunately, Bill McCollum has been steadily sliding in the polls week by week, month by month. He's now tracking well behind Alex Sink and Rick Scott. McCollum is his own worst enemy.

    Posted by: Will | Jul 27, 2010 11:37:03 AM


  3. This is not an ad hominem attack on Mccollum, just an interesting observation. He bears a striking resemblance to pictures of neanderthal man.

    Posted by: voet | Jul 27, 2010 11:52:51 AM


  4. "Paging Dr. Zaius. Paging Dr. Zaius."

    Posted by: Miles | Jul 27, 2010 12:12:18 PM


  5. Isn't it funny when people are afraid to discriminate against others because they fear the same will happen to them? Just shows you how hypocritical and completely out of touch these people are with reality!

    Posted by: rob | Jul 27, 2010 12:15:44 PM


  6. I like how he wouldn't answer the question of what should be done about the children left in foster care who the hets would NOT adopt:we will continue to pursue male-female couples to adopt those children(paraphrase). So, Bill's religious beliefs not only dictate public policy, but trump what is in the best interest
    of children(to be placed in a loving and stable home with a family who want them).
    I know that the Child Welfare League, NASW,etc. have filed amicus briefs in the case against this cruel law, but I love how he tries to justify how he can't find expert witnesses who will defend this absurd law.
    Hopefully this idiot's (political)days are numbered.

    Posted by: Rocco | Jul 27, 2010 12:29:42 PM


  7. The Love Child that Howdy Doody Tried to Hide.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 27, 2010 12:33:17 PM


  8. Of course, maybe the reason these other people were "afraid" to speak is because they knew they were in the wrong and that their testimonies would be based on nothing more than anti-gay bias.

    Posted by: db | Jul 27, 2010 12:36:23 PM


  9. So they should be afraid to speak out the bigoted biased unfounded tripe that passes for expert testimony......
    As Dave above says it is junk science and no amount of conjuring will make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 27, 2010 1:04:36 PM


  10. The University of Virginia Study needs to be promulgated on every lamppost.....starting in Florida.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 27, 2010 1:08:12 PM


  11. As a gay man who has adopted two children with his partner, I'll put up my children's growth, happiness, education, emotional, physical, and mental well-being against Bill's kids. And my kids would win. Because they don't have a constipated, self-righteous, theocratic, liar for a father.

    And like Rob, I found the same irony very interesting...he couldn't find people to testify because of their fear of discrimination when that's exactly what they are doing. Frankly, he couldn't find anyone else to testify that was as credible as Rekker's...Rekker's is the best they got on that side, and look how that turned out.

    This guy is going to be an astrick in Florida politics. But sadly, all the unadopted children in Florida who could have a loving home with a parent or parents who love them may never have that because of someone so disgustingly anti-family, anti-child, as McCollum. He's vile and ignorant. And as a gay parent whose two greatest gifts in life are my children, I'd like to put my foot so far up McCollum's ass it would actually hit his head, which is way far up there.

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 27, 2010 1:30:50 PM


  12. mccollum is dandereous he spouts out lies buys perjured testimony and then side steps the questions when challenged.he owns the people of florida an explanation of the fees paid george rekers. since they were higher than approved. and were actually worthless. this man must be continually challenged or he will be the next governor of florida.

    Posted by: walter | Jul 27, 2010 1:46:36 PM


  13. Says McCollum: "I don't believe that the gay family model is good for the kids."
    I say: Beliefs are a matter of religion, not science. A serious politician should not be a missionary trying to impose his personal beliefs onto citizens paying his income with their taxes. He should be basing his actions on scientific evidence, period.

    When you see what happened in the medieval Europe (Inquisition) or in the actual Iran (the Mullahs and their Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) you can clearly see that it is utterly bad to mix and confound religion with politics.

    Christian beliefs are no guarantee but often rather a menace for democracy an civil rights.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger, Switzerland | Jul 27, 2010 2:01:51 PM


  14. So, who the fuq am I supposed to vote for now?

    Posted by: Carl | Jul 27, 2010 4:16:36 PM


  15. Dog shit...

    Posted by: Martin FLL | Jul 27, 2010 7:11:26 PM


  16. His defense is rather clever...it implies that there are experts out there who could prove his point. His defense is also rather overused. The "I'm afraid to" defense is getting old and I hope people are beginning to see it for what it is...cowardice.

    Posted by: Fulton | Jul 27, 2010 7:30:29 PM


  17. Boy does that bill's face shows the same UGLINESS that is in his insides.

    ugh!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jul 28, 2010 12:12:59 AM


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