Dan Savage Alarmed by Arkansas Anti-Adoption Measure

Portland sex columnist and gay daddy Dan Savage has an op-ed in the New York Times today drawing attention to Arkansas’ Proposed Initiative Act No. 1, which passed last week and bans people who are “cohabitating outside a marriage” from adopting or serving as foster children. He writes, “The loss in California last week was heartbreaking. But what may be coming next is terrifying.” [NYT]

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  • Othniel

    It was good to see someone in our community like Dan focus on the kids. How many foster kids will have to stay in state custody? It is time for someone in America to advocate for the truly powerless.


    It is so scary thinking about what is next!

  • Tom

    While I support my other gays in their desire for equal marriage rights, what those scumbags managed to pull off in Arkansas makes me so angry I could scream. Sacrificing the welfare and safety of thousands of children just to preserve their bigoted views on what makes a family is far more offensive to me than the marriage ban could ever be. I’m glad to see someone raising this flag as well.

  • Vinman

    Foster kids are better off without homes or parents then being influenced by gays. Yeah RIGHT!

  • jw

    Savage lives in Seattle, not Portland.

  • L

    Dan said “Beginning on Jan. 1, a grandmother in Arkansas cohabitating with her opposite-sex partner because marrying might reduce their pension benefits is barred from taking in her own grandchild; a gay man living with his male partner cannot adopt his deceased sister’s children.”

    These are some of the real-life scenarios we need to talk about when dealing with anti-gay legislation. (And in this case the law harms straight people as well.) We need to get the point across that we are just average everyday people trying to do the best thing for our families.

  • Phoenix (Who Is Not Giving Money To Bigots)

    When are we picketing and boycotting the Baptists? We’ve gotten a good start on the Mor(m)ons, we need to go after the rest of Jeebus Bigots. For the past eight plus years of the Bush administration the Religious Reich has denigrated GLBTQ to generate support. It is time we put them in their place and make them separate their Church from our state.

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