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Bill McCollum's political career marked by contradictions over gay rights



When it comes to homosexuality as a campaign issue, Bill McCollum is a study in contradictions.

The Republican candidate for governor is clear: He opposes same-sex marriage and says gay couples should not be allowed to adopt children. "I don't believe that the people who do this should be raising our children," McCollum says.

But the finance chairman of his campaign, Miami investor Jon Kislak, led the unsuccessful drive to keep a same-sex marriage ban out of the state Constitution in 2008. Kislak said his gay daughter had to move out of state to marry her partner and adopt a child — his grandson.

It's the fifth time McCollum has faced apparent contradictions involving gay issues as a candidate or attorney general. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:19am]


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