LGBT NEWS: Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Gay Adoption Ban

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  1. CoCo

    CoCo a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

    Jan 14, 2004
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    Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Gay Adoption Ban
    Jen Christensen

    SUMMARY: A bill entering the Ohio legislature would prevent foster-care and adoptive children from being placed in any LGBT person's home.

    Emboldened by the passage of Ohio's broad anti-gay constitutional amendment in 2004, conservatives now seek to limit parenting rights for LGBT people in the state.

    Ten members of the Ohio General Assembly this week introduced HB515, the so-called "Adoptive and Foster Children's Protection Act," which would legally prevent foster-care and adoptive children from being placed in the home of a gay, bisexual or transgender person.

    The move runs counter to prior judicial and policy signals that have allowed for some second-parent adoptions for gay couples in the past.

    The anti-gay marriage amendment, which passed with 61.64 percent of Ohio voters in 2004, contained the usual language of marriage being a union between one man and one woman, but the measure, known as Issue 1, went even further. It contained the sentence, "this state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

    The broad language of the amendment has had unexpected consequences in other legal matters. In January 2005, the Associated Press reported, the Cuyahoga County public defender's office cited it in moving to dismiss domestic violence charges against clients, claiming that the anti-gay amendment also meant that spousal abuse laws did not apply to unmarried couples.

    Florida is the only state in the nation with an outright ban on gay adoption.

    Adoption and foster care provided by gay parents has long been a target of conservatives in Ohio. When anti-gay activist Fred Hutchison of RenewAmerica testified before a subcommittee of the Ohio Senate on the anti-gay marriage measure, he spoke at length about the "dangers to children living in gay households" and linked gay people to pedophiles. Christian groups sent more than 100 volunteers to lobby for the adoption/foster care ban last year, but the legislation was never introduced. This year's bill was the first of its kind.

    Like most states, Ohio has a surplus of children waiting to be adopted. According to one adoption foundation, at least 3,000 children in Ohio need home placements.

    The bill is still in the early committee stages.

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  2. sholnay

    sholnay New Member

    Apr 24, 2005
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    again - we all know that two gay parents make a gay child. :rolleyes: this fundamentalism is driving me nuts.

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