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CFO Questions Gay Adoption Ban

November 17th, 2009 by flanews

In Florida gay and lesbian couples can be foster parents, but theres a state law keeping them from adopting. That law is being tested in court, and as Whitney Ray tells us, the gay adopting ban is now becoming a hot button issue in the governors race.

Horror stories of abuse, neglect and homelessness are all too common among children in the states care. So the state has stepped up efforts to match kids with couples, as long as those couples are straight. Chief Financial Officer and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, wants state law changed to extend adopting rights to gay and lesbian couples.

I think you have to go by every individual case and no one group or one individual ought to be automatically discriminated against the judge should make a decision about whats best for the child, Sink said.

Florida is the only state with an outright ban on gay adoption. A ban Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum is fighting to uphold in court. A judge ruled in favor of gay Miami man seeking to adopt his two foster children. McCollum says he supports the current law, but is keeping his personal point of view to himself.

Im not taking a personal position because I have a law to defend and I think as Attorney General I should be defending that law, you can ask me that question when that case is resolved, said McCollum.

At the center of the debate are the children. Florida has 20 thousand foster kids looking for permanent homes. Some estimate lifting the ban would help 200 kids find homes every year. Finding homes for more foster kids would save the state millions.

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