Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tennessee Seeks to Ban Gay Adoption…Again

February 1, 2009 by James Hipps
Tennessee Seeks to Ban Gay Adoption…Again

A bill was filed Thursday in the Tennessee Senate that would ban adoptions by gay and unmarried straight couples. Republican Senator Paul Stanley from Memphis filed the bill that “prohibits any individual who is co-habitating in a sexual relationship outside of a marriage that is valid under the constitution and laws of this state from adopting a minor.”

Current Tennessee Law does not discriminate against or prohibit unmarried people adopting, but the Republicans have taken control of both the House and Senate in the Bible Belt state, and are expected to try to push through several pieces of anti-gay legislation.

In a 2008 report from the Department of Child Services in Tennessee, about one-third of adoptions were petitioned for by unmarried persons. If passed, the law could end up costing the state over $7 million as they have to support un-adopted children.

Currently, there are over 1,ooo,ooo (one million) homeless children in the U.S. alone.


Unemployment is horrible here. I have been out of work for almost 4 months. This sonofabitch has nothing better to do with his time than to try to pass his bigoted laws.

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