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Florida Gay Adoption Ban Dead; AG Bill McCollum Won't Appeal Case

Florida's ban on gay adoption is officially dead. Attorney General Bill McCollum released a statement today saying he wouldn't appeal a September decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeals upholding an earlier ruling which declared Florida's ban on gay adoption unconstitutional.

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"Florida's 33-year-old policy barring gay people from adopting ended today as the state Attorney General Bill McCollum opted not to appeal last month's ruling striking down the ban. The governor and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) had already announced that they would not appeal the decision. Today was the final day that the attorney general could have independently acted to appeal the ruling. The appellate court ruling arose in an American Civil Liberties Union legal challenge to the ban on behalf of Martin Gill, who wanted to adopt two foster children he and his partner have been raising for almost six years."

Said McCollum:

"The constitutionality of the Florida law banning adoption by homosexuals is a divisive matter of great public interest. As such, the final determination should rest with the Florida Supreme Court, not a lower appellate court. But after reviewing the merits of independently seeking Supreme Court review, following the decision of our client the Department of Children and Families not to appeal the decision of the Third District Court of Appeal, it is clear that this is not the right case to take to the Supreme Court for its determination. No doubt someday a more suitable case will give the Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold the constitutionality of this law."

Said Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida:

“Since Sept 22nd, Florida’s ban on gay people adopting has been over. We are pleased to learn that Attorney General Bill McCollum has decided not to squander more taxpayer dollars and muddy the waters on a matter the courts have decided unanimously. We continue to celebrate the end of a ban that has literally torn families apart and denied children permanent loving homes for over 33 years. The courts have been clear that this ban is irrational and puts anti-gay prejudice ahead of the needs of children.”


Florida AG Bill McCollum Loses Gubernatorial Primary

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, staunch defender of the state's ban on gay adoption, lost the gubernatorial primary to former hospital exec Rick Scott. While there's a certain schadenfreude in seeing McCollum lose, Rick Scott is just as, if not more conservative, opposes gay adoption and same-sex marriage. Scott faces Democrat Alex Sink in November.

Information on all the primary races across the country HERE.


Florida AG McCollum Can't Recall Urging Ban on Gay Foster Parents

Florida gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Bill McCollum tried to distance himself on Monday from recent remarks to the Florida Baptist Witness that the state's gay adoption laws should be expanded to ban gay foster parents.

Mccollum Said McCollum: "I have no recollection of my specific words. I’m not trying to parse with you; I just don’t. But I’m telling you what I believe today, and that is, that the laws are inconsistent, and that there needs to be a review.”

McCollum's words were, according to the FBW: "I think that it would be advisable [to expand the law]. I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children. I think that it’s a lifestyle that I don’t agree with. I realize a lot of people do. It’s my personal faith, religious faith, that I don’t believe that the people who do this should be raising our children. It’s not a natural thing. You need a mother and a father. You need a man and a woman. That’s what God intended."


Florida AG Bill McCollum Wants Gay Foster Parents Outlawed: 'I do not think we should have homosexuals guiding our children'

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Bill McCollum not only supports the state's ban on gay adoption (and brought "ex-gay" fraud George Rekers in to testify), he wants to expand the law to ban gays from being foster parents.

Excerpted from the Florida Baptist Witness:

Florida permits homosexuals to serve as foster parents. That has been used as an argument to undermine the ban on adoptions. Should homosexuals be permitted to serve as foster parents in Florida?

Well, I personally don’t think so, but that is the law.

Should the law be changed?

I think that it would be advisable. I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children. I think that it’s a lifestyle that I don’t agree with. I realize a lot of people do. It’s my personal faith, religious faith, that I don’t believe that the people who do this should be raising our children. It’s not a natural thing. You need a mother and a father. You need a man and a woman. That’s what God intended.

Bill McCollum apparently puts his god before the welfare of children.

(via think progress)


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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Emails Show Florida AG Bill McCollum Pushed to Hire George Rekers Against Advice of His Own Staff

Newly-released records show that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum pushed to hire Christian "ex-gay" activist (and employer of rent boys) George Alan Rekers to defend the state's ban on gay adoption even after his own attorneys recommended against it.

The Herald Tribune reports: Mccollum  

"The hiring of a now-disgraced psychologist to defend Florida's ban on gay adoption was done over the objections of the main attorney defending the case for the state, according to records made public Thursday...Nevertheless, Attorney General Bill McCollum pushed for the hiring of the psychologist George Rekers, who was at the time a leading advocate for conservative social issues."

For some reason, McCollum really wanted to get in bed with Rekers:

"The e-mails released Thursday show that an attorney in McCollum's own office warned against hiring Rekers, whose testimony had been deemed suspect in an earlier Arkansas lawsuit that challenged a ban on placing foster children in homes with gay parents. Assistant Attorney General Valerie Martin wrote in a July 2007 e-mail that after talking to Arkansas officials and reviewing the background of the former University of South Carolina professor that she would 'recommend NOT using him.' E-mails also show that during a conference call Martin -- who said the state considered more than 30 possible expert witnesses -- was ordered to hire Rekers 'against my strong cautions.'"

This news contradicts McCollum's statement in a July 2007 letter to Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) in which he said that his staff strongly recommended hiring Rekers.

The state of Florida ended up paying more than $120,000 to an "ex-gay" hypocrite who hires rent boys to defend the state's ban on gay adoption.

McCollum is running for governor of Florida.


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