[O]ne of the legislators supporting a bill that would make second-class citizens of single people who want to adopt children couldn't understand why there was any opposition to the proposal.Your reaction? Should married couples be given preference? How about giving preference to whoever, married, single, straight or gay, would be best for the child? You know, that case-by-case "best interest of the child" standard? Arizona must take great comfort in the fact that China follows the same rule that enlightened state proposes. And I suspect Arizona is doing it for the same reason China is -- fear of the gay.
Single adoptive parent Susan Frank was there when SB1188 was being considered in committee. She has fought this battle before.
Essentially, the bill would direct the Arizona Department of Economic Security, as well as private adoption agencies, to give primary consideration for adoption to married couples, making single people eligible only if a qualified married couple is not available (with a few exceptions).
Frank is a lawyer.
She told me, “One senator said, ‘We're not saying that single people can't adopt.' It was later that it occurred to me – and I'm not at all comparing myself to (civil rights icon) Rosa Parks – but it occurred to me that it would be like telling Rosa Parks, ‘We're not saying you can't ride the bus.'”
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Back of the Bus, Singles
Arizona is considering new legislation that would require both state and private adoption agencies to move singles to the back of the line in adopting -- or as the wonderful title to this blog post puts it, Sending singles to back of adoption bus: