should be able to adopt children, Florida Democratic
gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis told a largely gay group
Saturday. But the Tampa congressman later told
reporters that he does not support same-sex marriage
Davis spoke at a conference of the Florida
Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Democratic Caucus. "I
believe, as my grandfather did, that we are all equal
in the eyes of God," he said. "What matters is on the inside."
Davis also told the conference that he would
work to reduce school class sizes and fight oil
drilling off Florida beaches. Citing the Terri Schiavo
case, he said he thought family members should make
end-of-life decisions without government interference.
He told reporters afterward that he supported
civil unions, but he did not think the state was ready
for a Massachusetts-style system allowing marriage
between same-sex partners. "I think marriage is a religious
sacrament, and I don't think the government should get
involved in that," Davis said. "But I do think as
governor I have an obligation to make sure that every
person is treated fairly."
According to census data, about 1.2 million of
Florida's estimated 10 million voters consider
themselves to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgender, said Stephen Gaskill, the caucus's
communications director. About 70% of those voters are
Democrats, Gaskill said.
Davis and state senator Rod Smith are competing
in the September 5 primary for the gubernatorial
nomination. The winner will face either Atty.
Gen. Charlie Crist or state chief financial officer Tom
Gallagher, who seek the Republican nomination. The general
election is November 7. (AP)