Senate Bill 68: 'Kids Lose Homes, Kentuckians Lose Millions Act'
OMG, I'm SEEING RED.
KY has senate bill 68 that would make it so that any person who wants to adopt or foster a child while co-habitating with someone they aren't "legally married to" ILLEGAL. (not that i'm co-habitating with anyone... and i'm fully hetero, but what's next? NO Singles allowed to adopt at all???)
This is what it says:
Introduced by Sen. Gary Tapp (R) on February 5, 2009, to prohibit someone who is cohabitating with a sexual partner outside of marriage from becoming a foster parent, providing relative caregiver services, or adopting a child. The bill exempts situations in which a child was placed for adoption prior to this bill becoming effective.
So, anyone who lives with a boyfriend or girlfriend... even of the opposite sex, or people who live in a 'common law' marriage CANNOT adopt or foster. What, HUH??
part of one article:
..."The deceptively-worded bill is identical to a measure recently passed in Arkansas that prohibits adoption or foster care by an applicant "cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky." The language of the bill renders not just same-gender couples unfit to parent, but countless heterosexual couples that could serve as "next of kin" placement for children in need. The state would be forced to provide millions in additional foster care, an irresponsible burden to add to the Commonwealth's economic crisis. " http://www.kentuckylawblog.com/2009/02/laws-sb-68-regarding-unmarried-couples-seeking-adoption-and-foster-care-is-showing-signs-of-contover.html
Anything you can do to help would be appreciated - write or call the stupid Senator...
The Fairness Campaign group is meeting this Wednesday in Frankfort to show support AGAINST this awful bill.
This first link will take you to a page where you can send a letter:
Send a Letter PLEASE : http://eqfed.org/campaign/family
And, so help me, if someone tries to write to me and say that's not what this will come to... well, be warned... I'm very upset about this. This is discrimination, and it isn't right. And you don't want to see the wrath of Melissa. Red, I tell you. I'm seeing red.
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