"McCollum Walking Away From Gay Foster Parents Comments: ‘I Have No Recollection Of My Specific Words’"
On Monday, Florida Baptist News published an interview with Florida Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum from August 3rd, in which the candidate said he would expand Florida’s discriminatory adoption laws to prohibit gay people from serving as foster parents. “I think that it would be advisable ,” McCollum said. “I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children,” he said. “You need a mother and a father. You need a man and a woman. That’s what God intended.”
McCollum reiterated his stance during a fundraiser with Jeb Bush on Monday, but emphasized the his views were “personal.” “I think the best thing for children is to have a man and a woman, a mother and a father, not gay parents. I don’t think that is the right kind of parenting. Those are my personal views, those are my religious views, those are my convictions.
Today, McCollum tried to distance himself further from the suggestion that the law should be changed to ban gay foster parents. Tampa Bay Online is reporting that “Asked today why he told the Florida Baptist Witness that ‘it would be advisable’ to change the foster parenting law, McCollum said“:
“I’m telling you that it’s not consistent,” he responded. “That’s what I’m telling you; that’s what I told to the group that you — in the interview that I gave. It’s not consistent; and we’ll have to wait and see what the state Supreme Court decides.”
“So they got it wrong?” another reporter asked, referring to the Florida Baptist Witness.
“I didn’t say they got it wrong. … I may well have said it,” McCollum said. “I have no recollection of my specific words. I’m not trying to parse with you; I just don’t. But I’m telling you what I believe today, and that is, that the laws are inconsistent, and that there needs to be a review.”
Florida’s law prohibiting gay people from adopting children is currently under review by a state appeals court. The McCollum campaign did not return my calls for comment.