February 5, 2010

Adopting Hypocrisy?

So, Republicans in the state of Tennessee are attempting to pass a law that would prohibit gay couples from adopting children.

Of course, they are smart enough to know that if they were that blatant about it, such legislation would fail… since that’s exactly what they attempted to pass in 2006. But now they’re being a bit broader in their language: “Any individual who is living with another person and is involved in a sexual relationship with that person (“cohabiting”) outside of a marriage that is valid under the constitution would not be allowed to adopt a minor child.”

In other words, if you’re 36 and living with your Mom and her 50 cats - you can adopt. If you’re living alone and merely inviting random sexual partner after random sexual partner home with you for a good time, but they don’t reside with you – you can adopt. If you’re in a long-term committed relationship with someone for twenty years, but simply don’t want to (or can’t legally) get married – you’re out of luck.

What makes this all the more ridiculous is the fact that this bill is being introduced at the same time these very politicians are doing whatever they can to help speed along the adoption process for Haitian children left parentless by the disaster in their country.

Yes, let’s cut through all the red tape to make sure we take care of all these poor children, but let’s also make sure that we also narrow the field of potential adoptive families out of small-mindedness first.

Way to put the "hate" in Haiti.

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