Monday, November 16, 2009

Sink In Favor of Gay Adoption

Alex Sink, Florida’s chief financial officer and Democratic candidate for governor, told a gay-rights group that she is in favor of changing the law in Florida to permit adoptions by gays and lesbians.

”We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home — a home that’s determined not by any law,” Sink told about 300 gay activists who packed a gallery of modern artwork at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. ”The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation with the experts, to determine what is the best for that individual child.”

Sink said she looked forward to working with Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, who has unsuccessfully pushed legislation to repeal the state’s gay adoption ban. But Sink said after the speech that she had not read the bill and would not immediately commit to signing it if it passed and she was elected governor.

The issue offers a contrast between Sink and the Republican front-runner for governor, Attorney General Bill McCollum, whose office is defending the state’s ban on gay adoption. A state appeals court is weighing the case of a North Miami gay man seeking to adopt his two foster children.

Florida is the only state with an out-right ban on adoptions by gays and lesbians. It was adopted in the heyday of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade back in the 1970’s. It has been overturned by several state courts as unconstitutional and is in court now on appeal. So far the only reason the state can come up with for keeping the ban is that they’re afraid of Teh Gay. You can be a convicted felon in Florida and adopt a kid, but only if you’re not gay. To his credit, Mr. McCollum hasn’t been as virulently anti-gay as some in the Florida GOP would like — he supports hate crime legislation and some same-sex partner benefits — but so far Ms. Sink is the only candidate for governor who recognizes that Florida’s sizable LGBT population is a constituency worth listening to.