Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum—who's currently running for governor—doesn't think that gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt or serve as foster parents: "I don't believe that the people who do this should be raising our children," says McCollum. (Because gay is something you do, it's not something you are, and gay sex ("this") is icky and icky people aren't allowed to raise children.) But people who do "this" are welcome to work on Bill's campaign...
He has long sought political advice from Arthur Finkelstein, a respected Republican consultant in Massachusetts who, along with his longtime gay partner, has adopted two children. "I've had a number of people who are gays work for me," McCollum says.
And people who support people who do "this"—have gay sex, adopt children—are welcome to work on Bill's campaign...
[The] finance chairman of his campaign, Miami investor Jon Kislak, led the unsuccessful drive to keep a same-sex marriage ban out of the state Constitution in 2008. Kislak said his gay daughter had to move out of state to marry her partner and adopt a child—his grandson.
It seems to me that if you believe—if you sincerely believe—that it should be against the law for gay people to adopt or foster children because we're always "this-ing" the shit out of each other, and that gay "this-ing" endangers the children in our care, and if you sincerely believe that having no parents is better than having gay parents, and if you believe that gay people who adopt are actively harming children—doing violence to their children—then I don't see how you could work with gay people who've adopted children.
McCollum tries to shrug off the contradiction by saying that some of the people he works with "support positions I don't agree with." But this isn't about a capital gains tax cut or school uniforms or medical marijuana. This is about children. And McCollum claims to believe that gay parents are a danger to their own children and that the state needs to step in and prevent gay people from adopting or fostering more children. (And the children we've already got? Leave them in our homes or take them away?)
Child abuse—which is what McCollum thinks adoptions by same-sex couples amounts to—is one of those issues that calls for a zero-tolerance stance. I wouldn't work with someone that I felt was abusing his children. Why does McCollum?