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Kendrick Meek tells Watermark his stance on LGBT issues

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With another election year upon us, television campaigns and newspaper ads for politicians running for various positions have flooded our daily lives. While Florida faces many issues important to all residents, Watermark wants to focus on specific LGBT issues.

Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate took a few minutes to speak with Watermark to discuss some of the tough issues that are important to our readers. Here are his answers to questions pertinent to Florida’s LGBT community:

WATERMARK: What is your position on repealing the Gay ban in the military?
Kendrick Meek: The last three years, I’ve supported repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” General Colin Powell said that it was the wrong decision when they made the decision [to implement it]. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullin has said that it has nothing to do with the defense of the country. If we ask our men and women to be honorable and to be truthful with the people that they serve within this country, the last thing that we should ask them to do is lie about their orientation. That has nothing to do with their commitment and level of service to the country. So, I believe it will make it through the Congress. I’m in support of [repealing] it..

Why do you support same-sex adoption?
Florida is the only state in the union that denies (same-sex) couples from adopting children. Florida has one of the largest waiting lists on homes to place kids out of foster care. I don’t agree with the gay adoption ban. I think it has nothing to do with having a child grow up in a home where people love that child and are willing to take care of that child and are willing to make sure that child goes to college and become an adult.

To have adults willing to raise children in this state is far better than having a child in a foster home. All due respect to foster parents. Eight and nine kids in a house that are going to be released at the age of 18—I can tell you that at age 18 I wasn’t ready to be released from anything. I needed that parental involvement. If adoptions [by same-sex couples] can take place in states like Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia—and Florida seems to be the only holdout—It speaks more to political agendas versus making sure that those children are taken care of.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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