And what are you going to say about this, Charlie Crist?

A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida’s 31-year-old gay adoption ban ”unconstitutional” in an order that allows an openly gay Key West foster parent to adopt a teenage boy he has raised since 2001.

Declaring the adoption to be in the boy’s ”best interest,” Circuit Judge David J. Audlin Jr. said the Florida law forbidding gay people from adopting children is contrary to the state Constitution because it singles out a group for punishment.

Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel was at the ready with a quote to declare the ruling outrageous.

Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of the Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, a conservative advocacy group, called the ruling “absurd.” State and federal courts have already addressed the constitutionality of Florida’s law, and both have upheld it,” Staver said. He said Audlin “has no authority to disobey state and federal court precedents.”

”I think this kind of ruling illustrates why judges should judge and not be activists,” Staver added. “Apparently, he should run for office, as opposed to sitting behind a bench.”

UPDATE: Now that the veepstakes is off the table, the recently engaged Crist says he will not actively campaign for Amendment 2 — but he supports it and will vote for it.

Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday said he won’t actively support a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, casting doubt on whether the issue will pack a political punch this fall.

…”I’ll support it, I’ll vote for it, move on,” the governor said of the Amendment 2 gay-marriage ban in an interview during a trip to tour flood-damaged areas in Central Florida. “It’s not top-tier for me, put it that way.”

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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