Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Florida Rising?

I have to give a shout out to Becky and Holly from Two Moms With A Plan, one of the blogs I follow. They are reporting that the state of Florida, which brought us such sunny disasters as the Hanging Chad, Terry Shiavo (probably spelled wrong but I doubt she'll complain), and espadrilles with business suits may have actually done something right today. The state ban on gay adoption was ruled unconstitutional in a case that centers around a gay man who has been the legal foster parent of a boy, now 13, with learning disabilities since 2001. For seven years this man and his partner nurtured and raised this boy. In court, the boy testified he wanted the man to be his "forever father--like all the other kids have--because I love him". Social workers submitted a home study highly recommending the adoption be approved; there was no better home and no better parents then he already had.

Now I'm sure you may want to scream "Activist Judge!" because the will of the people has been thwarted. Well--not exactly. The will of some people. Here is why this ban was put in place in the first place, in 1977:

In the ruling, the judge noted that the statute was passed by lawmakers in 1977 amid a politically charged campaign to, as one lawmaker at the time put it, send gay people ''back into the closet.''

So, it's not to protect children. It's not to better society. It's to keep those uppity gays from insisting on their constitutional rights to be 100% American citizens. Oh those gays, always shouting and getting in your face! Sheesh. (Oh it also wins elections.) The only other state remaining to outright ban gay adoption is...wait for it...the suspense is I'm sure killing you...Mississippi! There's a shock! Here is a list of other things that are banned in Mississippi:
  • Dentistry
  • Soap
  • Science
  • Books that don't star Jesus
  • Dog leashes that aren't made of 6" chain link
  • High School diplomas
  • Stores that don't end in "mart"
  • Dancing


Jen and Kara said...

Isn't gay adoption banned in Oklahoma, too? Maybe I'm misinformed. I heard that even if you are the legal adoptive parents and you go to lose your parental rights while you're there. But that doesn't make any sense to me...

Bobby said...

Me either that does sound strange. How can one state undo the ruling of another?

Two Moms With A Plan said...

No dancing in Mississippi!!! Well that settles it then - I will never move to Mississippi!

I would also suggest watching a documentary called "Small Town Gay Bar". Its about the gay bars (or the lack of)in Mississppi. They treat the gay community so bad there... If you haven't seen it, it is worth watching!

Thank you for the shout out! I noticed a few more hits on my blog because of you!!! Thanks again!