Opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption was not enough.
Republican gubernatorial candidate William McCollum, the Attorney General of the State of Florida, has told the Florida Baptist Witness that he “would work hard to make sure that gays and lesbians never raised children, either through adoption or foster care.”
"I don’t believe in gay adoption,” McCollum was quoted as saying in the interview, adding that “I don’t believe in involving the government in enforcing or encouraging the lifestyle of gays and homosexuals. I just don’t believe that.” He then added that gays should not be allowed to be foster parents either, “but it’s the law.”
When subsequently asked if Florida law should be amended to make sure that gays and lesbians couldn't provide foster care for children, he replied, “I think that it would be advisable. I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children.”
Stating that he thinks homosexuality is a lifestyle decision he does not agree with, he added “I realize a lot of people do. But 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."
As Attorney General, McCollum is charged with defending your civil rights and the laws of the State of Florida. As a potential governor, he could submit a bill which would extend the ban on gay adoption to gay foster care. Equality Florida issued a press release on Monday censuring McCollum, stating that “this guy as governor would be a disaster.”
It was McCollum’s office that paid Dr. George Rekers over $120,000 as an expert witness to defend the gay adoption ban in court. He defended that decision in the Baptist interview as well, saying that although he would not hire Rekers now, it was the best decision at the time. Rekers, of course, was exposed in New Times earlier this year, after having hired rentboy.com escort Giovanni Roman as a ‘traveling companion’ for a European vacation.
In the same interview, McCollum also opined that he steadfastly “opposes embryonic stem cell research,” “expanding gambling in any form,” and considers “abortion a moral evil. No word yet on whether he wears a watch to the 21st century.
Like Kendrick Meek in the Democratic Party, McCollum was originally thought to be the frontrunner in the Republican primary race. However, candidate Rick Scott is running ahead of McCollum in recent polls, as is Jeff Greene defeating Meek in Democratic primary polling.