Florida AG will decide whether decision allowing gay adoption is appealed

by on October 13, 2010  •  In States

Florida's Department of Children and Families has decided not to appeal the ruling last month by a state appellate court that the statutory ban on gay adoption is unconstitutional. However, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has the authority to appeal the decision on his own, even though DCF disagrees. 

McCollum has until October 21 to make his decision.

In an August interview during his unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for governor this year, the AG told Florida Baptist Witness that he opposed allowing gay people either to adopt or to serve as foster parents.  He explained:

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.

Meanwhile, under Florida law, the decision of the intermediate appellate court is binding throughout the state, and would remain so until or unless another appellate court reached a contrary conclusion. 



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