Recent data released from the Census Bureau shows that Jacksonville, Florida is the home of one of the largest communities of gay parents in the country. This is despite the fact that Florida does not accept same sex marriages. According to the NYT, the community is large, diverse and inclined towards child rearing:
About 32 percent of gay couples in Jacksonville are raising children, Mr. Gates said, citing the 2009 Census data, second only to San Antonio, where the rate is about 34 percent.
Just last year, Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay couples was overturned in the 3rd District Court of Appeal, and the state decided not to appeal.
However, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has just appointed a conservative Christian by the name of David Wilkins as the head of the Department of Children & Families. According to the Miami Herald:
Wilkins, a member of the governor’s transition team, is the finance chief of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, a private agency that allows only “professing Christians” to adopt children in its care.
Elsewhere, Scott is quoted as saying that he feels “adoption should be by a married couple.” That’s a nice little way of weaseling out.
It looks like Florida has a situation where the Governor is setting himself up to oppose a growing part of the state’s population. I have a feeling this is going to get ugly.