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Putting bigotry ahead of child welfare

After last week’s Arkansas Supreme Court decision that ruled a ban on gay men and lesbians serving as foster parents unconstitutional, almost all of the state’s political leadership has attacked the decision.

The National Conference for Community and Justice has released a statement on the issue. An excerpt:

Opponents of gays and lesbians serving as foster parents are working from a position of prejudice and purposeful lack of knowledge or understanding. There is simply no credible evidence that children who are otherwise cared for and loved are damaged by the sexual orientation of their parents. Despite lack of evidence of harm, many Arkansas public officials would completely exclude gay and lesbian citizens from the pool of potential foster parents. They are willing to pronounce gays and lesbians, by definition, unfit parents. This is discrimination, pure and simple. While this is terribly sad for otherwise qualified gays and lesbians who want to help children in need, it is truly tragic for the children. Children are not put at risk by being placed in homes with caring, stable adults—straight or gay—who are willing and able to provide for their emotional and physical needs. Why would we deprive any child of the possibility of a loving home?

Read the rest: Arkansas Blog: Put children first



Written by Jeff

Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 2:46 pm

Posted in Equality, Politics

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