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Is Florida’s New Gov. Rick Scott Going To Launch A New Fight to Rescind Gays’ Adoption Rights?

During the overnight Florida’s LGBT advocacy group Florida Together issued an email blast citing “breaking development”s in the legalization of gay adoption in the state. Just as we’re celebrating the news of Martin Gill at last finalizing the adoption of his two foster sons, which came after Attorney General Bill McCollum announced he wouldn’t challenge a court’s ruling striking down the ban, Florida Together claimed “the showdown on adoption may be just starting instead of nearing an end.” How come? Because while Gill was getting his paperwork in order, new Gov. Rick Scott was telling the media “adoption should be by a married couple,” while this week naming David Wilkins, the finance chairman of the no-gays Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (which requires prospective parents to be active, church-going Christians), the new secretary of the Department of Children and Families. Troubling news, sure. But does it mean Florida Together’s fears are sound?

There’s reason to think so. “I’m the governor and whatever my position will be, will be the position that will be enforced,” said Scott, who not only opposes unmarried couples from adopting, but also single individuals. That said, Scott’s spokesman Brian Burgess doesn’t want the gays to worry, saying the governor won’t be attempting to re-enforce the ban. “The governor’s priority is job creation and not setting new legal precedent at DCF,” says Burgess.

Which is great news. Until Florida’s economy recovers. In the meantime, can we start digging around Mr. Wilkins’ history? Because the last thing we need is another state department head, who can decide what constitutes “the best interests of children,” believing the discrimination against gays is acceptable policy.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Jan 20, 2011
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  • 12 Comments
    • Franky
      Franky

      All I can think of is “Hercules! Hercules!” when looking at that picture. I’m pretty sure I need to get checked out lol

      Jan 20, 2011 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gregger
      gregger

      Florida, where a medicare fraud can get elected governor. The outline of the state looks like a dildo, so why shouldn’t the governor be one?

      Jan 20, 2011 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ForeverGay
      ForeverGay

      Republicans are measured by how much they can antagonize gay people. Gay Floridians need to be prepared for a possible attempt to take away their adoption rights.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Obama DID say DADT would happen on his watch... (John From England)
      Obama DID say DADT would happen on his watch... (John From England)

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      Hello guys? Gay republican?? Why do you never comment on posts to do with gay being persecuted or rights being taken away but you do on everything else?

      Jan 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FederalSignal
      FederalSignal

      Here we go again………one step forward and three steps back! One law in another out – when does this circus leave town?

      Jan 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riker
      Riker

      @Obama DID say DADT would happen on his watch… (John From England): All of us gay Republicans have JOBS and can’t be on Queerty 24/7.

      Anyway, I certainly hope for his sake that he doesn’t try to overrule the courts. Battles between executive and judicial always get ugly, and the judicial branch usually wins.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • randy
      randy

      @Riker: Because the judiciary is not subject to the electoral political whims that the executive branch is. Now you can get back to your job of kissing Republican ass.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe in Decatur, GA
      Joe in Decatur, GA

      Maybe he should say that adoptive parents in FL cannot have committed Medicare fraud, either.

      Jan 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Nice gayface jerk!!

      Jan 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree
      Jeffree

      Any one against unmarried couples or str8/LG singles adopting must have a difficulty with math: they assume that there are a greater numbers of people wanting to adopt than their are children who want/ need to be adopted.

      The reality is that the adoption/ foster care system has many more kids available than will ever be adopted, even BEFORE limitations on who can legally adopt. Those kids get sent from one foster family to another with no security or stability until they “age out” of the program.

      Rick Scott *must* know those facts, but his ideology keeps him from acting on a rational basis. Anyone who thinks Gov. Scott is “pro-family” doesn’t really understand the word ‘family’.

      Jan 21, 2011 at 2:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jak
      jak

      He’s nothing more than a common thief who used the millions he stole from the federal government (our tax money) to fund his sickening campaign. The low point for me was when he used his own mother to crow about what a wonderful son he is.

      Jan 21, 2011 at 3:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Aug 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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