Saturday, February 07, 2009

Kentucky Senator files gay adoption ban in the Kentucky Senate

The party created as an opposition to the expansion of slavery, as well as a new, progressive vision of modernizing the United States — emphasizing higher education, banking, railroads, industry and cities continues to slide backwards as Kentucky Senator Gary Tapp (R) files a gay (LGBTI) adoption ban in the Kentucky Senate; Senate Bill 68.

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Senator Tapp may have forgotten the 2008 General Election, which was an enormous victory for Democrats on a national level (both in terms of Governors, State Houses, and state Congressional delegations).

During a time when the Republican Party is on its knees (they could not match the donations of Democrats nationally during the 2008 Election), this adoption ban is another smack down to the Republican Party, and it is shameful.

The Log Cabin Republicans issued this press release after the 2008 Election defeats:

Inevitably, social conservatives will try to push the GOP further right on the divisive wedge issues that caused our Party to lose focus on its core principles in the first place. Their intrusive big government ideology drove our Party over the cliff. Going further right on social issues will turn the GOP into a regional party only competitive in the South and Midwest. Instead, we must become a more diverse Party appealing to conservatives, libertarians, and moderate voters.

To the Log Cabin Republicans, good luck; you have a tough road ahead of you in Kentucky (we all do). Honestly, how sad that a party has gotten so far off track!

Never mind the fact that Florida just struck down their gay adoption ban as being unconstitutional; though currently under appeal, Judge Lederman stated, "The court found that moral preference against homosexuality has no bearing on whether gay or lesbian individuals can adopt because many homosexual individuals serve as foster parents in Florida to abused children and permitting them to adopt those children (in particular) does not serve any state interest whatsoever."

Various professional organizations have carefully studied the scientific research and issued policy statements supporting adoption by gay and lesbian people. These organizations include: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Psychoanalytic Association, National Council of Adoptable Children, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, and others.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no credible scientific evidence that the sexual orientation of parents has any effect either on the quality of parenting or on the wellbeing of their children.

The best interest of the child should be the only consideration when selecting good homes for these children.

Gay and lesbian people currently raise children in Kentucky as biological parents, foster parents, legal guardians and increasingly as part of planned families through alternative insemination and surrogate parenting.

Senator Tapp filed this as an 'unmarried couples' adoption ban (which passed in Arkansas), it is being challenged in the courts and I have no doubt they shall prevail. Again, the best interest of the child should be the only consideration when selecting good homes for these children.

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