Bill Would Ban Unmarried Couple Adoptions & Foster Home Placements

Richard and Anthony Harland -Bennett have been together for 23 years. But they say they’re always in fear of losing their daughter, Amber.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have to offer, we’re not going to consider you as a parent. And that’s unjust and unfair,” says Richard, of the current bill being considered. Richard and his partner, Anthony, adopted their 5 year old daughter in 2002.

The couple joined throngs of others opposed to Senate Bill 68, which aims to prevent couples like Richard and Anthony from adopting..or fostering children.

“It’s a pretty known fact that children are much better off in a stable environment…a loving environment. And I believe that to be a married man and woman,” said Sen. Gary Tapp, R-Shelbyville, who is sponsoring the legislation.

Tapp and other supporters say this bill is not targeted at homosexual couples. But the gay community believes it is.

“It is hate that our family has experienced first hand in Kentucky. It is the hate that ought to be banned…and not our family,” said Anthony Harland-Bennett, speaking to dozens gathered in the Capital Rotunda Wednesday.

The bill’s language says adoption or foster care would be prohibited by applicants with a sexual partner outside of marriage.

“Research indicates that co-habitating unmarried couples break up three times more often than married couples,” said David Edmunds with The Family Foundation.

“There is not a single member of the legislature I am here to bet you who does not know of a couple who are raising children in a very desirable manner,” said Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington.

The bill is waiting to be heard in the Senate judicial committee.

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  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on Mar 2, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    yes, the ideal family setting is mom and at home But its just not a reality any more! So what do we do with all the kids that need a home? I know! lets open up big orphanage's. Do you think that is a better alternative?
  • by Note to Bubba Johnson on Mar 2, 2009 at 04:47 AM of them could end up dating their "adopted" child just like Woody Allen did. Isn't that special!
  • by Linda Location: KY on Mar 2, 2009 at 03:39 AM
    I been in a year process of adopting a little girl from China, if this pass I have wasted my time and all that hard work and money will be for nothing. And I am straight, I just want a child that I can love and take care of. I will not be able to do that if this law passes.
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Mar 2, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    Well said Dr. Mike, this bill needs passed!
  • by K Location: London on Mar 1, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    Why does the government want to keep needy children from being adopted? Just because of some twisted view of Christianity that some have chosen to adopt? Shall we start stoning people again? How bout following a special diet because some animals are an abomination? If a religion is going to throw their morals in everyone's face why don't they practice what they preach? The law makers fighting against equal rights for EVERYONE will be remembered in the same was as those that fought to keep government sanction racism. Also why is this a huge issue considering how Ky's budget is?
  • by Dr. Mike on Mar 1, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    Packers and divers dont need to poison chldren with thier mental illness.
  • by Jeannie Location: Grayson on Mar 1, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    I can't believe the legislature would rather have children in orphanages or shuffled through foster homes rather than in an adoptive home. So what if one parent is in a sexual relationship outside the bonds of marriage. Kentucky has hundreds of children waiting to be adopted, some are older and considered "hard to place" children. If a gay couple is willing to take a chance on the harder to place children, I believe we should give them a chance. Gay couples are not prone to child sexual abuse as some. Gay couples can provide loving homes, which ALL CHILDREN deserve. Gay couples are a fact of life and reflect reality. This legislation is short-sighted and mean-spirited. The politician believes he can gain a few votes by supporting this legislation, while children endure painful and lonely years waiting for a permanent home. I don't believe I'd be up to the task of being a foster parent as some of these children come from very troubled families and are very hard to care for emotionally.
  • by Me Location: E KY on Mar 1, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    "It seems as though the religious nut cases are trying to take over this state. In God We Trust plates and now this stupid bill." ---- Excuse Me??? The religious nuts as you like to call us, were here FIRST! Who is trying to take over? Why are so many people trying to move into this state then complain about how backwards we are here? Why come here if you feel that way? Kentucky has always been a bible belt state. Now we have a bunch of liberal freaks trying to come in and make all the changes they think we poor ignorant hillbillies have been deprived of. What makes YOU think we need you? If you don't like the religious nuts, then please go somewhere else. There are plenty of states where morals have gone out the door and you'll be among your kind and most welcome, I'm sure. We God fearing and believing people will be happy with our moral laws, and you will all be happy with your anti-God/Bible non-moral laws. God Bless!
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 1, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    Well said Sheila from Pike Co. I couldn't have said it better myself.
  • by Newswatcher Location: Frankfort on Mar 1, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    In a perfect world, it would be great if all kids lived in a nice loving traditional family with one mother and one father. However, how can we forget the tragic case of the little Watkin's girl? She belonged to a heterosexual married couple and look what that got her! The truth is that children need a loving home with someone who is able to meet all their needs, whoever that is in whatever combination. I don't believe in gay marriage and feel that homosexuality is wrong according to Biblical teaching however, I think that sexual orientation has nothing to do with the ability to be a good parent and neither does being married vs. single. Lots of widowed and divorced people do a fine job raising their kids. Bottom line, before we stop good people from becoming parents based on lifestyle choices, let's stop those who have no business having children in the first place from reproducing!


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