A Florida lawyer's personal anti-gay
campaign includes a paid advertisement in a local paper.
George L. Metcalfe, an Orlando-area
lawyer, purchased ad space in the July 15 edition of the Florida
Bar News to denounce gay adoption.
Metcalfe's ad, titled What's So Gay
About It?, condemns a legal challenge to Florida's 1977
prohibition that bans gays and lesbians from adopting. Late last
year, a Miami-Dade circuit court judge allowed a gay man, Frank Gill,
and his partner to legally adopt the 4- and 8-year-old half brothers
they have raised since 2004.
a letter published in the May 15 edition of The
Bar News, Metcalfe riles against the Florida Bar's decision
to support Frank Gill in his attempt to adopt his sons. Metcalfe, a
family law attorney, says: “Holding vulnerable foster children
like human shields to support homosexual adult social-engineering
agendas is reprehensible. The Florida Bar's Family Law Section and
its amicus curiae (friend of court brief) filings seek to endanger
fatherless children for its own political ends and nothing more.”
in his ad, published a month later, he continues: “...
appellate courts are being asked by activists to give a lone Miami
judge more legislative power than the Governor and the entire Florida
“My friend, Dawn Stefanowicz, grew
out from under the burdens of a homosexual household during the
1960's and the 70's in Toronto where she was exposed to many
different people in GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender)
subcultures and explicit sexual practices.”
Metcalfe uses Stefanowicz's testimony
against her gay father as an indictment against all gay parents.
Stefanowicz alleges her father was
involved in “transient and promiscuous relationships,” exposed to
various STDS, and ultimately succumbed to AIDS. And accuses her
father of neglect and abandonment.
“My letter to The Florida Bar News
published May 15, 2009, would have exceeded the editor's 350-word
limit without extensive self-editing. Today, I buy more words to
emphasize an adult child's perspective to homosexual parenting, a
child's perspective of gay communities and to underscore the
importance of preventing what would become a magnificently
devastating problem for children,” Metcalfe adds.
Gill's adoption case is currently under
appeal and is expected to reach the Florida Supreme Court. Florida
is the only state that explicitly bans gay men and lesbians from
Story tipped to us from South
Florida Lawyers blog.