Ex-Sen. Dave Schultheis Calls Adoption By Gay Colorado House Speaker 'Deliberate Child Abuse'

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On the left, former state Sen. Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) introduces a bill in the Colorado state capitol in 2004. On the right, Colorado House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) is pictured with his partner Greg Wertsch and their adopted daughter Lila Augusta. | AP/Facebook
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While many Colorado conservatives were polite and expressed their congratulations to Colorado's first gay Speaker of the House, Mark Ferrandino, upon the recent adoption of his daughter, at least one was downright vulgar.

Beneath a post on Colorado Peak Politics -- a popular conservative blog that won CBS Denver's "Most Valuable Blogger Awards" in 2011 -- congratulating Ferrandino and his partner on their newly-adopted daughter, former state Sen. Dave Schultheis (R-Colorado Springs) posted a comment calling the adoption "perverted."

“To deprive this little girl of a loving mother for the sake of self-gratification is perverted,” Schultheis wrote. “I would place it in the category of deliberate child abuse.”

But thankfully, Schultheis was in the minority.

Colorado Peak Politics had nothing but nice things to say about the adoption:

While we rarely haven’t always agreed with Speaker Ferrandino’s policy positions, we agree that he’s got one cute kid. He and partner Greg Wertsch have formally adopted the little girl, Lila Augusta, [who] the pair had been fostering since last year. Congratulations to the family!

At an adoption party after the formal hearing that made Ferrandino and his his partner Greg Wertsch the official fathers of 1-year-old Lila Augusta, The Denver Post reported that former House Speaker Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch) was in attendance. McNulty was infamous in the 2012 legislative session for allowing the clock to run out before the civil unions bill could be debated and declaring an "impasse," killing the bill for the second time.

Colorado's civil unions bill was finally passed in 2013 and signed into law by Colorado's Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in March.

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