Bill McCollum: "I Really Do Not Think That We Should Have Homosexuals Guiding Our Children"
In the interview, it's almost embarrassing how much McCollum bends over backward to appease the interviewer and the religious right.
As a U.S. congressman, McCollum cosponsored a law to provide hate-crime protections for gays and lesbians. That's what led Martinez's campaign to brand him a "darling" of homosexuals.
Like most positions McCollum has held that are too sane or moderate, he switched his stance so fast that it would make Charlie Crist's head spin.
There's a law in Florida that says that we have, and [as attorney general] I have a Civil Rights Division, that we have a hate crimes issue. And that's really where that comes in for me. Whether or not somebody is discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation or whatever that they should not be. And if somebody commits a crime on that basis, solely on that basis, then they've committed a crime. Now we've had no reason to enforce a law on the basis of sexual orientation.He then goes further, saying homosexuals should not even be foster parents, saying that changing the law would be "advisable" and continuing:
I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. I believe that a family should consist of one man and one woman. I don't believe in gay adoption. I don't believe in involving the government in enforcing or encouraging the lifestyle of gays and homosexuals. I just don't believe that.
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.McCollum also says in the interview that abortion is "a moral evil," he "strongly support[s] the Arizona immigration law," and "hopefully [we] get churches to find adoptive parents for the embryos."
Yes, McCollum has gone so far right that he now believes embryos that are created but never used should find "adoptive parents" -- obviously, just as long as they're not gay. Embryo adoption, everyone! Nevermind we still have thousands of kids in foster care and without permanent homes whom McCollum doesn't want raised by gays, but now he thinks we should find adoptive parents for embryos.
McCollum also comments about the George Rekers scandal (whom for whatever reason the Florida Baptist News identifies as "Rekkers"):
I would never have chosen Rekkers had I know what we now know today, but the reality is my appellate lawyers - where this is ultimately going, to the state Supreme Court, because that's what the Department of Children and Families wants, they want to seek a determination of the constitutionality of that law and we're defending its constitutionality - my appellate lawyers tell me we needed a witness then, and I believed them to be correct, who could introduce materials, studies. Rekkers was not an authority on this issue. He was an authority in the sense that he was a scholar. He did research into papers that other people wrote. So he was able to be used to get into evidence these matters that we needed. And it's unfortunate that all this publicity has come up over it, but the lawsuit, I think, is on sound ground and we're carrying it forward.