What about the children?

I’ve been trying to think how to respond to this, another outcome from the elections.  In Arkansas, the voters approved an initiative that bans people who are ‘cohabiting outside a valid marriage’ from adopting children or serving as foster parents.  So, with 3700 children in state custody in the State of Arkansas, there is now a smaller pool of qualified foster parents.  No matter how you look at this, the children are the losers here.

In addition to our efforts to protest the bans on same-sex marriage around the country, we must remain aware and prepared for initiatives/propositions/measures similar to this in Arkansas to be on the agenda around the country in 2010.  I know in Oregon, there are groups actively working to overturn the laws that give EVERYONE in Oregon equal rights (short of marriage, of course). These ‘pro-family’ groups are determined to designate the members of the LGBT community as second-class citizens.

Dan Savage wrote a very good Op-Ed in the New York Times where he says most of what I would say about the initiative that was approved in Arkansas.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/opinion/12savage.html?partner=p

Anti-Gay, Anti-Family

Published: November 12, 2008
The potential implications of a proposed Arkansas law that bans people who are “cohabitating outside a valid marriage” from serving as foster parents or adopting children are terrifying.
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