The good news: FL Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Oct. 22 that the state would not appeal the recent appelate court decision declaring Florida's gay adoption ban unconstitutional. The excellent LGBT legal and political news site, Keen News Service, published a thorough summary of the case, the outcome of which may mean the ban is now history.
But the operative word is "may." McCollum's statement included this bet-hedging quote: No doubt someday a more suitable case will give the Supreme Court the opportunity to uphold the constitutionality of this law.
In other words, the law ain't off the books yet, and if the right case comes along...
A case is pending, Keen reporter Dana Rudolph points out that of a lesbian, Vanessa Alenier, who was allowed to adopt her infant cousin in January. The Department of Children and Families hasn't decided whether to drop its appeal.
But the sheer hypocrisy of the whole affair is summed up in this passage from Rudolph's story:
McCollum told the Florida Baptist Witness in August, I dont believe in gay adoptionbut Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas reported that, in May, when he had asked McCollum if he favored taking the boys from Gill, McCollum mentioned a gay campaign aide who had adopted children and said, Lets leave it at that.
So what does that mean? That McCollum really didn't have a problem with gay adoption? That he was standing up for a law he didn't believe in just to win higher office?
What a surprise.