Now anyone can adopt a gun. Children, well not so much. Our state senate just passed SB 1188, the "Marital Preference Law". It now heads to the house. This bill mandates that adoption agencies and the state give preference to married couples when adopting from the foster system. So if you're single you go to the end of the line. Now to our Tea Partying legislature, "single" is really code for...wait for it...gay. Since we eliminated divorce and bestowed marital bliss and eternal happiness on our married population by outlawing gay marriage this bill will stand in the way of gay couples seeking to adopt from the state. I know, that's a pretty big charge, saying they are secretly trying to stop same sex parenting. So let's take a look at the mind of a Teabagger...
SB1188 was introduced and is sponsored by State Senator Linda Grey, R (big surprise there) District 10. Now Sen. Grey's website sports a link to the Center for Arizona Policy, a "Protect the Family" group that sponsors every anti gay bill in the state. Well they don't really "Protect" all families, certainly ours is up for dismissal. The families of straight white Christians (really, who else lives in Arizona?) specifically. They have a very loving website all children should visit, with topics on what the bible says about homosexuality and how gay marriage is destroying 'Merica. They have a policy doc on this bill and all the research they cite is from a Dr. Bradford Wilcox. Now who is he? Obviously some expert who has done extensive and objective research...ah not quite. Dr. Wilcox is the director of the National Marriage Project, a religious organization aimed at banning gay marriage. He is the only person they use as a reference for their policy paper. They completely ignore all other research on the matter, and make false claims such as:
- Social science proves children do best when raised by a married mother and father. False. Years of study by all reputable groups show there is no difference between children raised by gay couples versus straight couples, and marriage certainly is not the deciding factor.
- SB1188's language ensures that all factors indicate placement with a married couple is in the child's best interests. False. Just because the bill says that doesn't mean it's true. If that's the case my husband and daughter are also 3/5's of a person.
- Adoption is designed to come as close as possible to natural parenting. OK all adoptive parents...how true is that? Search almost any blog on my reading list and tell me how close you come to that.
Senator Grey states on her website,
I BELIEVE in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, sex, age or disability.
Maybe. For now, I'm going to sabotage my neighbor's marriages by tucking in my daughter and kissing my husband good night.
*For the record, I support the rights of qualified Americans to own guns, and am a responsible gun owner myself.