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Gay Adoption Ban Dead in Kentucky

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Might gay adoption rights be headed to Kentucky? Last month we told you about legislators’ attempt to put a law on the books banning gay couples (and singles of any orientation) from adoption — or, in political parlance, it would keep kids away from anyone who’s “cohabiting outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky.” But will that bill ever see the light of day?

A Senate bill that would have banned gay couples from adopting or fostering children appears to be dead this legislative session.

The measure’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville, said Senate leaders will not bring Senate Bill 68 to a vote in the final four days of the legislative session. Tapp said Wednesday that he plans to file the bill again next year.

The bill would restrict future foster and adoptive parents to people who are married under Kentucky law, which would eliminate gay couples or unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. [Kentucky Lexington Herald-Leader]

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On:           Mar 13, 2009
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  • 5 Comments
    • Alan down in Florida
      Alan down in Florida

      “Tapp said Wednesday that he plans to file the bill again next year.”

      Well I guess we need to make sure he isn’t re-elected.

      Mar 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alex
      Alex

      “Republican Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville, said Senate leaders will not bring Senate Bill 68 to a vote in the final four days of the legislative session.”

      “I tell you, I won’t live in a town that robs men of the right to marry their cousins.”
      –Shelbyville Manhattan, founder of (the fictional) Shelbyville

      Mar 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Phoenix (A Happy Gay Shamrock At The End Of The Rainbow, Bitches)
      Phoenix (A Happy Gay Shamrock At The End Of The Rainbow, Bitches)

      @ Alex,

      Hey, he means the straight cousins, of course. Gay cousin fucking would be wrong.

      Mar 14, 2009 at 12:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rose
      Rose

      This conversation is so amazing to me. I remember friends losing custody of their children due to being gay, and fearing losing their jobs. Not so long ago – in the 1980’s. I remember a friend having to be in the closet because she was a gay girl’s gym teacher. These situations are more real to me than the above, I am amazed that Kentuckians have ever allowed gay adoption in the first place. We have to keep up this fight, until it is not even an issue.

      Mar 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Monica Roberts
      Monica Roberts

      I am far too interested in my complicated genitalia and the fascinating discussions and teaching opportunities it gives me at every turn to be bothered with the “white gay cherry pickings” of adoptions.

      Therefore, I will lay fallow in this discussion and turn the other cheeks.

      However, I was involved in a fascinating conversation online today which involved the highest levels of queerty.

      You will have to excuse my voice. I know I sound like a 51 year old gay black man, but the fact is I have a cold.

      Also, excuse the way I seem to laugh or giggle after every sentence I say. This is do to force of habit from covering my mouth with my hand because of some unfortunate dental circustamstance.

      Here go the podcass –

      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Womanistmusings

      Mar 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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