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Thursday, November 13

Arkansas: Worse than Prop 8

Via Fish out of Water

On election day, Arkansas voters passed this proposition by 57%
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
Section 1: Adoption and foster care of minors.
(a) A minor may not be adopted or placed in a foster home if the individual seeking to adopt or to serve as a foster parent is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage which is valid under the constitution and laws of this state.
(b) The prohibition of this section applies equally to cohabiting opposite-sex and same-sex individuals.
Conservatives who came up with this hatred stated that unwed partners are not fit to adopt or foster a child on the grounds that children must be placed in homes with a mother and father (traditional family values and all that). This comes after the wise Arkansas supreme court threw out a ban on gay couples adopting a child in 2006. This current proposition figures out a way to "blunt the gay agenda." I was wondering just how many stable homes many of us were brought up in... by a married couple.

You can read the whole proposition here.

I did a little back up research and discovered that Arkansas, land of traditional family values and christian conservatives has one of the highest divorce rates in the whole country! Here in Gomorrha, the divorce rate in 2004 was 3/1000 marriages. Over in Sodom or Taxachusetts as it's sometimes called, the divorce rate is only 2/1000. In Arkansas, the rate was more than double that of Gomorrha and more than 3 times the divorce rate of Sodom at 6.6/1000. Furthermore, there are more children up for adoption and foster care in Arkansas than there are qualified and willing families to take them in.

So much for "family values." It has not been stipulated what happens to adoptive children who are living with gay parents will be taken away and put in orphanages. Will this force the government of Arkansas to get inside people's lives to see just what the living arrangements are? What if one spouse in a "traditional" marriage turns out to be gay, like Ted Haggard? Will the children be ripped from their homes? How far can something like this proposition go?


References
U.S. divorce rates for various faith groups, age groups, & geographic areas
U.S. STATE DIVORCE RATES, RANKINGS, WAITING PERIODS, AND RECONCILIATION COUNSELING LAWS [including 2004 data]

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