Florida's new Republican governor and the guy he appointed to Florida's Department of Children and Families don't think gay people should be allowed to adopt—a judge struck down Florida's ban on adoptions by gays and lesbians and same-sex couples last year (which prevented gay couples from adopting kids out of the foster care system)—because...
"Adoption should be by a married couple."
While Florida's new governor says he has "no immediate plans" to block adoptions by gays and lesbians, he's making noises about appealing last fall's ruling, which allowed a gay couple to adopt the two boys that the state of Florida placed in their home as foster children more than a decade ago. And then there's this:
The new governor’s position presumably aims to avoid any legal objections to barring gay and lesbian parents specifically by preventing any unmarried person—and by definition, every gay and lesbian person under Florida law—from adopting. Scott’s appointee for the Children and Families post, Wilkins, is the finance chair of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, which Florida Together notes, is an “organization dedicated to providing Christ-centered services to children and families.”
And after the jump, there's this:
A Florida exterminator and father of four children adopted from Florida's foster care system has told police that a body found in the pest-control truck he was driving is one of them—his 10-year-old daughter, authorities said Wednesday.
Jorge Barahona, 53, already faces a charge of aggravated child abuse for injuries to the dead girl's twin, Victor, who was also found in the truck, which was parked on the side of I-95 near West Palm Beach, Florida, officials said. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed by the West Palm Beach Police Department, a roadside assistance ranger with the Florida Department of Transportation stopped to check the red Toyota pickup Monday around 5:30 a.m. and found the 10-year-old boy inside next to an open gas can.
The boy "appeared to be in respiratory distress and (was) trembling" and his clothing "was soaked with an unknown chemical," the affidavit said.... The boy was hospitalized in intensive care with severe burns to his abdomen, upper thighs and buttocks, the affidavit said. While examining the boy, doctors noted he had sustained previous injuries, including a broken collarbone, a broken arm, scarring to his buttocks and lower abdomen, and ligature marks on both wrists, police said.
After Barahona and his son were taken to a hospital, a worker decontaminating the truck discovered the body of the girl, wrapped in a plastic bag, the document said.