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Florida Gov Charlie Crist Considering Dropping State Lawsuit Opposing Adoption by Gay Couple

Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he has undergone an "appropriate evolution" on gay adoption and would consider dropping the state lawsuit opposing adoption of two foster children by Frank 'Martin' Gill, he told reporters today.

Cc You remember this lawsuit - the one in which discredited hypocrite George "rentboy" Rekers testified as an "expert" witness and was paid more than $120,000 to testify?

Said Crist to reporters:

“I think we need to review that. My comments really reflect that it’s better to have more of the judicial branch involved in this process. I think that most who follow the judiciary recognize that what’s in the ‘best interest of the child’ is what should be paramount in these kinds of decisions. That’s what I believe and I think that’s what will be the best for them."

Asked why he doesn't just drop the case, Crist responded:

"I’m going to review it before I would make that call.

Adding, "Not a whole lot has changed [in my position] to be candid. I also said (back in 2006) that I’m a live-and-let-live kind of guy. And I am. As I said this morning, I think that the older you get, the less judgmental you become. Maybe I was more rigid earlier. But I don’t feel that way. And I know who’s supposed to be judging people and it’s not me."

Over the weekend, Raw Story posted a new Crist document citing support of various issues important to the LGBT community.

Crist's Tea Party opponent Marco Rubio immediately attacked Crist, now running for Senate as an Independent, over his gay adoption statements through Rubio's spokesperson Alex Burgos: "For say and do anything political opportunist Charlie Crist, an appropriate evolution is dependent upon whichever way the wind blows and whose votes he desperately needs today. Just as he did in 2006, we have no doubt that if Charlie Crist was still a Republican he would be attacking Kendrick Meek today for supporting gay adoption."

The appeals court's decision in the Gill adoption case is due at any time.

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  1. "we have no doubt that if Charlie Crist was still a Republican he would be attacking Kendrick Meek today for supporting gay adoption."

    And thus ends the fallacy that being Republican doesn't mean being homophobic.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 14, 2010 1:23:42 PM

  2. I'm assuming this means that Mr. Crist hopes to adopt soon?

    Posted by: Bryan Irrera | Sep 14, 2010 1:37:33 PM

  3. Come on Crist! "You are going to think about it ---" Cut the nonsense. "You have to think about it?" Bull! You are nothing but another politician who will say, or imply, anything to get elected

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Sep 16, 2010 10:18:53 PM

  4. "In addition to supporting gay adoptions, Crist also said he backs repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 that forbids gay troops from serving openly, a federal gay-inclusive anti-bullying measure, a federal bill that would allow the spouses of gay government workers access to benefits, and the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a controversial bill that Congress has previously attempted to attach to immigration reform measures with little luck. The UAFA would allow gay Americans to sponsor a spouse for citizenship over the objections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

    Crist, who has long denied rumors that he's gay, defended his shift on Tuesday, saying he's become “less judgmental” with age. "

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  5. "That means the defendants have a choice: to either ""treat everyone in California equally or don't benefit from the state's economy,"" said Neel Chatterjee, an attorney for the Butlers.

    Glen Lavy, an Alliance Defense Fund lawyer representing the company, said today that will no longer accept profiles from California and will phase out all profiles from California within six months.

    ""The managers of the adoption profiles believe that it's in the best interests of children to be placed with a married mom and dad,"" Lavy said. ""They believe that when there's an option, children are better off having a married mom and dad than any other circumstance.""

    There is no monetary payout as part of the settlement, as the Butlers were never after money, Chatterjee said.

    The couple sued under California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits businesses from discriminating against their customers on a variety of grounds. For at least 20 years, state courts have interpreted the law to require equal treatment of lesbians and gays. Bias based on marital status was the subject of conflicting rulings until the Legislature outlawed such discrimination, effective in 2006.

    The Butlers adopted a baby girl in 2004 through a California adoption agency.

    ""We think it's a great agreement for us because it really ends the discriminatory practice of in the state of California,"" Rich Butler, 35, said today. ""We hope that they continue doing business in the state, but if they can't comply with the nondiscriminatory policy and they stop doing business in the state, it's still a victory for Californians. We're not allowing them to profit on the back of Californians."""

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  7. "The Florida Supreme Court will ultimately rule on the adoption ban making Florida the only state that bans gays from adopting children. The state does allow gay couples and individuals to foster children but does not allow them to adopt them. That’s at odds with Florida’s policy on “permanence” in which children are supposed to be moved as little as possible from one household to another.

    A Miami-Dade County judge ruled the gay adoption ban unconstitutional in 2008 in the case of Martin Gill and his male partner, who adopted two foster children they have cared for since 2004.

    Gov. Charlie Crist, whose Department of Children and Families appealed the adoption and the ruling, said recently he was considering dropping the appeal. But gay rights activists and the ACLU, which represents Gill, as well as DCF Secretary George Sheldon want the Supreme Court to make a final decision on the law to settle uncertainty for future adoptions."

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