Nadine Smith

FL Governor Candidate: Don't Let Gays Foster Parent Either!

Filed By Nadine Smith | August 10, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Equality Florida, foster parenting, gay adoption, gay parents, McCollum, Rekers

Once assumed the inevitable GOP candidate for Florida Governor, Bill McCollum been sliding in the polls and now is sending up a desperate anti-gay hail mary to the religious conservative crowd.

Here are excerpts from an interview with a Southern Baptist publication in which McCollum reaffirms his support for the ban on gay people adoption. Now he's also calling for laws banning gay people from serving as Foster Parents too.

Here's the link to the full article at the Florida Baptist Witness.

Do you support civil rights protections on the basis of sexual preference?

There's a law in Florida that says that we have, and [as attorney general] I have a Civil Rights Division, that we have a hate crimes issue. And that's really where that comes in for me. Whether or not somebody is discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or whatever that they should not be. And if somebody commits a crime on that basis, solely on that basis, then they've committed a crime. Now we've had no reason to enforce a law on the basis of sexual orientation.

I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. I believe that a family should consist of one man and one woman. I don't believe in gay adoption. I don't believe in involving the government in enforcing or encouraging the lifestyle of gays and homosexuals. I just don't believe that.

You've already mentioned that you support the ban on homosexuals to adopt, you've defended it in court as attorney general.

I have.

There's been a scandal in that defense in that one of the expert witnesses has come to have some question about his own personal life - George Rekkers. Do you think the urging by your office to include him in that case has ultimately undermined the ability to defend the law?

No, actually not. I believe that the law is very clear and I think we have a good chance to prevail on it in court. The courts of Florida previously upheld this law. But we're going through that appellate process right now.

I would never have chosen Rekkers had I know what we now know today, but the reality is my appellate lawyers - where this is ultimately going, to the state Supreme Court, because that's what the Department of Children and Families wants, they want to seek a determination of the constitutionality of that law and we're defending its constitutionality - my appellate lawyers tell me we needed a witness then, and I believed them to be correct, who could introduce materials, studies. Rekkers was not an authority on this issue. He was an authority in the sense that he was a scholar. He did research into papers that other people wrote. So he was able to be used to get into evidence these matters that we needed. And it's unfortunate that all this publicity has come up over it, but the lawsuit, I think, is on sound ground and we're carrying it forward.

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.

McCollum has been hammered in the media for his decision to pay $120,000 to disgraced and discredited homophobe for hire George "Rentboy" Rekers. Rekers was caught at a Miami airport returning from a European vacation with a young man he'd hired through an online service called

Rekers was quickly tossed off right wing boards of directors and removed from their online archives.

Equality Florida and other progressive allies have been calling on McCollum to return the astonishingly high "expert witness" fee McCollum paid Rekers (over the objections of attorneys and child welfare agency leaders). To add your name to that call, click here.

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When someone like this nitwit presumes to tell me what God intended I find it useful to inquire about more of God's intentions. For example...Gee Mr. McCollum shouldn't Rekers be stoned to death? Why haven't you as attorney general followed through on that? Gee Mr. McCollum how about all the marriages between men and divorced women? Shouldn't those people be prosecuted? And, gee Mr. McCollum what about women who are not virgins when they get married? What is your legal stand on that because the Bible says they should also be stoned to death. Now while we are at it shouldn't we shut down the Florida Oyster and Stone crab industries? Seems like we have a lot of poorly legislated or weak civil laws that you as governor could address to please your God.

>> "Rekkers was not an authority on this issue. He was an authority in the sense that he was a scholar."

He is??? Coulda fooled me.

But then, as Deena says, if you're gonna do this, go all the way or go home. We need tests outside every church every Sunday to make sure that no woman entering is having "that time of the month" lest she "defile the temple of the Lord" (St. Paul, Ephsians, if I remember right). And God help her husband if *he* touches her during that time, because he's "unclean" as well and must go through a purification before he can enter the church again.

And that's in the *New* Testament: you know, the one that came after Christ swept away all the old laws... save for the ones that Paul tacked on after the Ascension to make things all nice and okay for hard-liners such as himself and... well, this guy.

But the voters in Florida will go for it, just like they do every damn time.

Sean, I just read Maggie Gallagher's bio. I know that is a different subject but why is this woman alive? She was an unwed mother which means she could not have been a virgin and so when she married Raman Srivastav in 1993 he should have reported that and demanded that she be stoned to death. Clearly NOM should get their house in order.

We could go on and on, but the larger issue is that FLORIDA VOTERS WILL FALL FOR THIS CRAP EVERY TIME. We will ALWAYS be sinners to them, because that's what the "Holy Book" says. And they will dismiss the rest of this stuff because "well, God doesnt care about that anymore". I dont know how to get around that argument, but I sure hope someone has an idea because I'm getting sick of seeing it.

Can this guy get any douche-ier? Jeebus.

Every time I see a faceshot of George Rekers, I think to myself that a mustache like that has got to be hiding some God-awful stretch marks.

I just stumbled on a good article McCollum should read about marriages in the history of law in this country.

Jesse Monteagudo | August 10, 2010 10:54 AM

McCollum's GOP primary opponent, multi-zillionaire Rick Scott, also opposes LGBT adoptions and foster parenting. In fact, both candidates are trying their best to out-phobe each other.

Nadine Smith Nadine Smith | August 10, 2010 11:42 AM

Here's what the other GOP candidate for Governor had to say in an interview with the same publication:

Do you support civil rights protections on the basis of sexual preference?

No, I do not.

Tell me why.

I believe that we have the protections we already need in the constitution. I believe that marriage, as an example, is between a man and woman. So I believe we have enough protection for the things that are important.

Do you believe the ban on homosexuals adopting should be kept in place?

Yes, I do. I believe that children should be adopted by a man and a wife.

Should homosexuals be able to be foster parents in Florida?

Step one is, let’s focus on making sure that we improve our adoption laws so that we have more children adopted by couples. That’s the first thing we ought to do. I don’t believe that foster care should be done by single-sex couples. But my first focus would be on trying to improve our adoption so that we don’t have that same issue.

DeAnna Medart | August 11, 2010 7:36 AM

Maybe someone should ask the kids! I think if you asked OUR adopted three, they would tell you it didn't matter who loved & wanted them, but that someone did. And there is already a bias towards those "one man & one woman" households when it comes to adoption, but they aren't beating down the doors to foster & adopt, especially children beyond babyhood, sibling groups, or of minority status. This politician would throw FL back into the days of orphanages!

It always gets me when they say "My personal belief is X..." We're not asking for your personal beliefs, but for professional behavior, which is based on reasoning and study. These people don't get it.