Friday, October 12, 2007

Suffer the children

Nothing says you're "pro-family" like keeping children in an orphanage rather than letting them get adopted by fit parents:
Socially conservative groups behind Tennessee's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are looking at launching a new push to bar gays and lesbians from adopting children.

The move follows a legal opinion issued Thursday by Attorney General Bob Cooper that there is nothing in the Tennessee constitution or in state law to prevent same-sex couples from becoming adoptive parents.


Cooper in his legal opinion said that under current state law anyone 18 years of age or older may adopt, assuming the adoption is found to be in the best interest of the child."

"There is no prohibition in Tennessee statutes against adoption by a same sex couple,"he said.

He also noted that before a judge grants an adoption there must be a finding that the adoptive parents "are fit persons to have the care and custody of the child."

Yeah, it may be in the best interests of the child, and the people may be fit and all, but discriminating against gay people takes precedence over the interests of children. That's the family way!

A similar measure failed in 2005, and "Supporters of the measure said the children would be better off remaining in orphanages than being with a gay parent." Of course.


CrackerLilo said...

I'm glad the Attorney General's making the right call, anyway.

Skemono said...

True, that.