The Saint Petersburg Times published the following editorial on Alex Sink, Equality Florida's "Voice for Equality" award recipient. Alex headlined the 2009 Equality Florida Broward Gala on Sunday evening, Nov. 15.
A Times Editorial
A stand against hypocrisy
In Print: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Alex Sink raised the bar in the race for Florida governor Sunday by calling for the state to end an outright ban that prevents gays and lesbians from adopting. Sink made the challenge in a speech to the state's largest gay rights group. Her approach could end the state-sponsored bigotry that denies vulnerable children safe, stable homes.
Florida is the only state with a blanket ban barring adoption by gays — though the state, hypocritically, will allow them to serve as foster parents. The adoption ban is an embarrassment in the 21st century and a pound-foolish policy in a state where nearly 20,000 kids languish in foster care awaiting permanent homes. Sink, the state's chief financial officer and the leading Democrat running for governor, said gays should be allowed to adopt if three circumstances are met. (read more)