Kentucky Trying to Ban Gay Adoption

19 02 2009

I am so over the anti-gay adoption thing. Outside of Florida, has this worked anywhere? (Right, well, Arkansas… but I’m still blaming Huckabee on that.) Even the Florida thing is going away, I think, shortly.

From Pink News:

A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban unmarried couples from adoption.

Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill “deceptively-worded.”

“It is identical to a measure recently passed in Arkansas that prohibits adoption or foster care by an applicant ‘cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky’,” the group said.

“The language of the bill renders not just same-gender couples unfit to parent, but countless heterosexual couples that could serve as “next of kin” placement for children in need.

“The state would be forced to provide millions in additional foster care, an irresponsible burden to add to the Commonwealth’s economic crisis.”

And, yes, kids, that is a picture of State Senator Gary Tapp above. Sad, isn’t it?

Jeez. Let’s just kill this one soon. Go to the Fairness Campaign to find out how.

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3 responses

19 02 2009
Jere Keys

Has it worked anywhere? Yes. Utah allows single LGBT people to adopt, but excludes any “person who is cohabiting in a relationship that is not a legally valid and binding marriage under the laws of this state.”

West Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi have similar de facto bans on gay couples adopting, but only Florida specifically excludes LGBT individuals.

19 02 2009
QueerCincinnati.com

Thanks for keeping me on my toes, darling.

11 03 2009
Dan Harringstone

Hello,

I have been reading today about SB68. That bill is crazy, and I really feel compelled to share the guy’s blog I was reading because he seems to make a lot of sense. I think some people don’t really know what the bill means for the gay community, but for the state of Kentucky as well. Anyway, the guy’s blog is at michaelmaupin.com. He has several blog entries about the bill, but he also has a story about his sexuality too. That was really cool to read because the guy says he isn’t gay, but for sure is doing some stuff to explain why the bill is bogus.

Cheers!

Dan Harringstone
Louisville, Ky

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