`Anti-Gay' Adoption Bill Advances

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill seeking to prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting children has won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure would also bar unmarried heterosexual couples from adoption or foster care.

It cleared the committee Thursday with little discussion.

The bill has become a lightning rod. About 100 opponents of the proposal rallied at the Capitol last month. Opponents say the legislation unjustly rules out potentially good parents just because they're not married in the traditional sense.

The committee action was praised by David Edmunds, a policy analyst for the Lexington-based Family Foundation. Edmunds says children in homes headed by unmarried couples fare worse in school and are more prone to face other problems.

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  • by Island Girly Location: Hawaii on Mar 7, 2009 at 07:07 AM
    By all means. Follow the latest Arkansas travesty. I want to know if "good" Christian families are going to take in, care for and nurture these otherwise homeless babies? I thought not. These unwanted babies will wind up in foster care or worse.
  • by John Location: Brownsville, KY on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    Shame on David Edmunds, He should know that children who are abused are not worse off with a non-married couple. That is a ridiculous statement. Non-sense they are worse off with the so called parents that do not care about their children and hurt their children. It is all political people speaking..
  • by John Location: Brownsville, KY on Mar 6, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    Any child that needs a parent regardless of who their parents are deserves to have parents that will treat them like their own. Many children are abused and abandoned by parents and we are worried about same sex couples adopting kids. Kids need love and understanding. So many kids are in trouble with the law and are not raised correctly. If a same sex couple wants to adopt a child who has no home and no family, then why not give them the right to take care of a child in need.
  • by Leslie Location: Drakesboro on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:09 AM
    I am not gay and between my husband and I. we have 6 children, one of which is adopted. Asingle parent, or a gay couple is a lot better home for lots of these poor children out there. Why should it matter if a person is married or not, or gay or not when it comes to these children who need a safe and loving home. Some of these children are beat, smacked, burned, scolded, and starved, so why not place them in a good home...single parents or not...
  • by Heather on Mar 5, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    this is so sad. with all of the children in this state alone that are lost in the system and forcing Americans to adopt from overseas, bigotry and discrimination is clogging up our legal system! this is a very sad day for Kentuckians.
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