The Arizona Senate yesterday approved a bill already given the green light by the House of Representatives that makes it as difficult as possible for gay people to adopt a child in the Grand Canyon State.
The bill doesn't necessarily say homosexuals can't adopt children -- but that the Legislature would prefer that married couples be given higher consideration for adoptions than non-married people, if all other factors are equal.
In other words, since homosexuals aren't allowed to tie the knot in Arizona -- yet -- they would lose out to heterosexual married couples every time, under the proposed law.
See some text from the bill below:
B. Pursuant to rules adopted by the division, the division or agency shall give primary consideration to selecting an adoptive placement that can best meet the child's needs. In determining who can best meet the child's needs, the division or agency shall give primary consideration to an adoptive placement with a married man and woman if all other relevant factors demonstrate that placement with that married man and woman is in the child's best interests. The division or agency shall consider the following factors in determining who can best meet the child's needs:
1. Marital status and the length and stability of the marital relationship of the adoptive parents.
2. The wishes of the child's birth parents unless the parental rights have been terminated.
3. Family relationships between the child and the adoptive family members.
4. Marital status of the adoptive parents.
5. The family's ability to financially provide for the child and to meet the child's emotional, physical, mental and social needs.
6. The placement of the child's siblings.
7. The availability of relatives, the adoptable child's former foster parents or other significant persons to provide support to the adoptive family and child.
C. In each adoption proceeding the court shall make specific written findings regarding the best interests of the child pursuant to this section.
Obviously, gay advocacy groups are livid.
"Adoption decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, according to what's in a child's best interest," Equality Arizona board Chairman Tom Mann says. "Each case is unique. For example, adoption authorities may have the choice between placing a child with a beloved single aunt -- or complete strangers."
The bill is another attempt to allow the state to play morality cop, with the implication that it's somehow better to be married than single, or worse yet, a homosexual.
Marriage between a man and a woman, the Legislature might be shocked to learn, isn't always the solution to every parental problem. Take Chance and Leann Kracke, for example.
The Krackes were arrested last year after Chance Kracke -- while strung out on crystal meth -- put his 7-month old baby in the freezer as he made a snack, which actually was considerate, considering some of the other places in the home he could have put the baby, like the urine/feces/broken-glass/cockroach covered floor.
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Get the details on the Kracke's methy pad of marital bliss here.
This is not to say that under the proposed law the Krackes would have been given preference over a non-meth-addicted responsible gay guy. Rather it says marriage isn't always exactly what the Legislature thinks it's
Kracked cracked up to be when it comes to someone's ability to raise a child.
The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Jan Brewer. It's unclear whether she intends to sign it -- but given her extensive history of caving to the far right, we have a feeling she'll throw her Jan Hancock on it.