Gay foster parents can't adopt in most states
Increasingly, gay couples are being allowed to become legal foster parents in states who are
overrun with displaced children. However, legislation specifically preventing these foster parents from adopting their
charges exists in several states, including Florida. Other states, such as
Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia have recently introduced legislation to forbid gay adoption. Interestingly, according to the 2000 census, more than double the nation's adopted or foster children are housed by gay couples than by heterosexuals. A 2003 survey showed that more than 60% of adopted children were placed in homes with gay parents. If legislation persists forbidding such adoptions, one wonders what will happen to these children. Some legislators have responded to this, such as Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) in Texas, who stated that he would rather have children raised in orphanages than gay homes, where at least the children would have a chance to learn "proper values." Incidentally, there are no orphanages in Texas. What do you think? Should legislators take active steps to prevent gay couples from adopting children? Or, if they are good enough to be foster families, should these families have a chance to become legal?[Thanks, Nicole!]
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