A Florida state legislator seems to scoff at a 10-year-old boy as he curtails the boy’s testimony against a bill restricting same-sex couples’ adoption rights, Slate reported.
Footage from a state House Judiciary Committee shows the boy, Nathaniel Gill, beginning to explain his opposition to the measure, which would allow private adoption agencies to cite religious objections as a reason not to place a child with same-sex parents.
When he was 4 months old, Gill told the committee, his 4-year-old brother would care for him and beg for food for both of them, prompting the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) to place them in foster care.
“I was lucky to be placed with my brother, he was all I had, and he has looked after me since I was born,” Gill said. “In the home where DCS placed us, we had two dads. We were happy and liked our new home a lot.”
But seconds after mentioning being happy living with a same-sex couple, committee chair Rep. Charles McBurney (R) cuts him off.
“Mr. Gill, you’re doing a great job, but unfortunately your minute’s up,” McBurney says, refusing to grant the boy time to finish his story.
As Think Progress reported, the bill would allow agencies to opt out of any child placements that “violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies” without risk of losing their operating license.
Opponents of the bill have called it “revenge legislation,” saying it came in response to a court case involving Gill’s adoptive parents, who were the plaintiffs in a suit challenging the state ban on same-sex adoptions. A state appeals court overturned that law in 2010.
Towleroad reported that the LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida posted a video showing Gill’s full testimony, including his statement that state officials wanted to separate him from his brother at one point because they felt his brother was “unadoptable.”
“They didn’t think anyone would want the two of us,” Gill says in the extended clip. “For me that would have been a horrible mistake. But somebody did want the two of us, my two dads. I didn’t want to get adopted by myself, I didn’t want a new family. My brother and my two dads were the only family I knew. Luckily for me, my dads were very stubborn. They fought the state for four years. They won and beat the law, and that’s how we made a forever family.”
Watch Gill’s encounter with McBurney, as posted online, below.
The boy’s full testimony, as posted by Equality Florida, can be seen here.
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Rudy Giuliani melts down after Piers Morgan calls him ‘completely barking mad’ in train wreck interview
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani went completely off the rails during an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan on Thursday after Morgan confronted the former New York mayor about some of President Donald Trump's inflammatory tweets.
During the interview, Morgan demanded to know why it was acceptable for Trump to send out a tweet that promoted the shooting of looters.
Giuliani insisted that the media had taken Trump's tweet out of context, and Morgan responded by calling that assertion "total claptrap."
"You keep saying that it's the left-wing media that has somehow misquoted Donald Trump," Morgan said. "The president of the United States' job, when this kind of thing happens, is to keep temperatures down, not to put fuel on the fire. For the president of the United States to tweet that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' directly quoting a racist police chief... who used dogs and guns on black people."
MSNBC’s Morning Joe scorches GOP senators for following Trump ‘over the cliff’ to election losses
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered Senate Republicans for following President Donald Trump "over a cliff."
The "Morning Joe" host said the GOP had suffered losses in every election cycle since Trump won, and he said the president was a threat to his own party.
"All Republican incumbents who are endangered politicians," Scarborough said. "What bargain did they make that is worth following this man over the cliff? Who, right now, in early June, is on his way to losing in a landslide of his own?"
"These polls that we're going to show you in a minute are just a snapshot of where we are at the beginning of June," he added. "Things can change, but if they do change, it will be the first time in almost four years that elections have broken Donald Trump's way."
Donald Trump is no longer president: Robert Reich
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV, and tweeting.
How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?
He has incited more police violence. Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.