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Arizona governor signs adoption bill: gay parents, step to the back of the line

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A bill signed Monday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will direct the state and other adoption agencies to give married couples a preference over single adults when placing children in adoptive homes.

The Phoenix New-Times reports:

The new law doesn’t necessarily say homosexuals can’t adopt kids — but it states that Arizona would prefer that married couples be given higher consideration for adoptions than non-married people, if all other factors are equal.

In other words, since homosexuals aren’t allowed to tie the knot in Arizona — yet — they would lose out to heterosexual married couples every time.

“Experienced child health and social service authorities, not politicians, should make adoption decisions,” said Tom Mann, Board Chairman for Equality Arizona.

“Arizona desperately needed Governor Brewer to demonstrate real leadership today. Instead, we were given another bad law enacted out of political allegiance rather than what’s best for Arizona and Arizona’s children,” he said.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Why isn’t there anything ever positive

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 9:32am
  2. Why isn’t there anything ever positive

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 9:32am
  3. Wtf!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 9:33am
  4. Wow. That’s messed up. None of us can catch a freakin break.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:23am
  5. Wow. That’s messed up. None of us can catch a freakin break.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:23am
  6. Wow. That’s messed up. None of us can catch a freakin break.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:23am
  7. Someone haven’t had their morning coffee…(namely that Az. Governor)

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 10:27am
  8. Funny, she just vetoed a guns on college campuses bill and one about people running for US political office, then she appeals to the crazy right by signing this.. ugh.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:03am
  9. This is ridiculous!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:26am
  10. bitch.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:11pm
  11. i live in Arizona…..a very right wing state including my gay brothers and sisters……i ask them…….did THEY vote for her and what are they doing now to raise the voice of the gay community in their party?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8:05pm
  12. Please listen to my show this Saturday morning at 10 on 1480KPHX where we interview the law-makers about this VERY issue. We’re the ONLY LGBT Radio Show in Arizona and we need your support to continue making history!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 8:34pm
  13. DISLIKE!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 8:10pm
  14. I mean come on just look at her. A shriveled up prune. She is the “face” of right wing!

    Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 3:22am
  15. Any second she’s going to pull her leathery skin off and there’s going to be some hideous reptiloid creature or alien insect thing under there.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:28pm