Florida's ban on adoption by gays is dead due to Attorney General Bill McCollum's decision not to appeal court rulings calling it illegal.
But the ban could be brought back if the right-wing Liberty Counsel has anything to do with it. Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver said
"The fact of the matter is [McCollum has] listened to wrong advice by people who are trying to count heads at the Florida Supreme Court, wondering whether they have enough votes," Staver suggests. "But the fact of the matter is if they don't have enough votes then, they certainly have already abdicated the fight now by not appealing this."
That means homosexual adoption is now legal in Florida, but the Liberty Counsel founder notes that the ruling is not the last word as he plans to ask the 2011 legislature to pass a similar law and protect Florida's children.
Staver claims that his reason for doing so is simple. But it's not simple. In fact, it's rather proposterous:
"Children should not be placed in a homosexual household," he contends. "Recent studies have indicated that children raised in a homosexual environment are more likely to engage in homosexual activity at an exponentially increased rate, and the Centers for Disease Control recently came out with a study that said one in five homosexual men are HIV positive."
Interestingly enough, Staver doesn't even cite these so-called "recent studies." One wonders if they even exist.
In a sly way, Staver is implying that children raised in same-sex households have a danger of catching HIV/AIDS. But are no studies which say this is the case.
On the contrary, studies show
that children raised in same-sex households thrive very well.
Staver claims that his group's efforts is to protect children but if the Liberty Counsel really wanted to do this, they best leave well enough alone.