Federal LGBT Adoption Bill Introduced

  • metta

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    Oct 26, 2009 1:16 AM GMT
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    If passed, a new bill could restrict federal funding for states with anti-LGBT adoption and foster policies.
    The ’Every Child Deserves a Family Act,’ which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) on Oct. 15, would penalize states with outdated adoption policies that restrict access based on marital status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

    “We got 25,000 kids a year maturing out of the welfare system without permanent foster care or adoptive care, and the prospects of those children having a successful adult life are diminished greatly,” Stark told the Washington Blade. “These are kids who end up in the criminal justice system, or end up homeless.”
    The legislation would directly affect states with explicit adoption restrictions, including Utah, Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Mississippi.

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    http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?p=6335
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    Oct 26, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    ...about time something is being done by the Dems. ...They remind me of the quotation from Mark Twain: “The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.” ...I think the Dems and Obama learned "too much" from the Clinton experience and put gay issues on the back burner for too long. This isnt the '90s and we arent the same.
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    Oct 26, 2009 9:16 AM GMT
    This has zero chances of getting passed, even in the House, let alone the Senate. If they don't even have the votes yet to pass ENDA or to repeal DADT, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for an adoption bill to get passed.
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    Oct 26, 2009 11:00 AM GMT
    It is good to dream though, right?
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    Oct 26, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    God I hope this does pass. I want a family so bad, but I would have to move out of Florida to adopt with my partner.

    I'm beginning to become bitter over Obama. I had higher hopes for change for gay rights.
  • Mepark

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    Oct 26, 2009 12:17 PM GMT
    bryanhard saidGod I hope this does pass. I want a family so bad, but I would have to move out of Florida to adopt with my partner.

    I'm beginning to become bitter over Obama. I had higher hopes for change for gay rights.


    Dude, why did you jump to criticize Obama over this???!!!! I hope you'll have a family one day and in florida, but Obama is not the one preventing you.
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    Oct 26, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    No, Obama is not preventing anything- I just feel he is falling short of expectations. I don't think he is being pro-active enough on many progressive issues.

    Not just the gay rights issues, but for example health care reform is a really big thorn in my side. That whole mess has been mutilated and compromised to the point where it looks like we will end up with something worse than where we started- being forced to buy private health insurance whether we like it or not. He should have started with single payer universal coverage on the table, then perhaps compromised to a public option. You don't start with a compromised position.

    But I'm getting off topic.

    Obama has done very little towards advancing gay rights. He has thrown us a few bones here and there- yes. He is much better than the last president, and undoubtedly his republican challenger would have been- yes. But as far as real action, I have not seen much. No real effort to repeal "dont ask don't tell" or DOMA, much less advance a national gay marriage- or even "domestic partnership" bill.

    I applaud the recent sparks of advancement we are seeing toward hate crimes legislation and adoption. I was just expecting more fireworks.

    Maybe if he gets re-elected we might see some real change in his second term. That's what I'm hoping for.
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    Oct 26, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I think even if this doesn't pass the first time, we have to consider this. We can look at this by way of the 5 stages of change.

    1. Pre-contemplation- Not even considering the issue.

    2. Contemplation- Thinking about it.

    3. Preparation- Introducing the bill.

    4. Action- putting it to vote.

    5. Maintenance, or moving forward in this case

    If you have kids being raised BY the system, you're going to have adults who stay IN the system. I think with the shift in power, we're going to see more handling of societal problems at the source, and not blindly letting a few people's interpretations of the bible call the shots. I think the Bush admininistration was pretty avoidant about gay issues. It seemed to me like they stirred the pot vehemently and when it started to boil they cowered back. This group is taking stuff on, and that's a good thing I think. They can't do everything, there are so many other issues to be dealt with. I think we all have to keep in mind that this bill is in the best interest of the kids and gives them the best chance at having a good life. That's why I think this bill we passed...it may have to cycle between #s 2 and 4 a couple of times but there are some things no one can deny regardless of "beliefs" or "values."
  • jrs1

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    Apr 02, 2010 5:29 AM GMT

    it makes me think of this tear-jerker episode:



    30 Days of Hell-Mormon Housewife VS. Gay Adoption


    http://jezebel.com/5019577/30-days-gay-adoption-doesnt-go-over-well-with-mormon-mom
  • metta

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    Apr 02, 2010 7:53 AM GMT
    ^
    Her very last word is so frustrating. That she could not even learn that one thing in 30 days. Calling it a choice is offensive.
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    Aug 02, 2011 7:03 AM GMT