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Sink cautiously favors gay adoption, insurers covering abortion

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, stopped short of calling for an outright repeal of the state law banning gay adoption but said the decision should be up to judges, on a case by case basis.

"We need a system in which all of our children are assured that they live in a healthy, loving home --  a home that's determined not by any law,'' Sink told about 300 gay activists who packed a gallery of modern artwork at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. "The decision has to be made by the judge, in consultation with the experts, to determine what is the best for that individual child.''

Sink said she looked forward to working with Democratic state Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, who has  unsuccessfully pushed legislation to repeal the state's gay adoption ban. But Sink said after the speech that she had not read the bill and would not immediately commit to signing it if it passed and she was elected governor.

Never to be confused with a Democratic firebrand, Sink also was careful when asked about legislation in Congress that would forbid insurers that participate in a federally subsidized health care system from covering abortion. "One of the things that the president has promised was that if we like the insurance we have we should be able to keep it,'' she said, suggesting that insurers should be able to continue covering abortion. Sink has been endorsed by Emily's List, a national fundraising group for female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

Story on Sink's speech Sunday to Equality Florida is here.