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What's the matter with Kansas — on gay adoptions?

“We need to have a policy to have a mother and father as adoptive parents. We have a policy that allows more than that. I think that adoption should be limited to homes with a mother and father.”

— KS State Rep. Steve Huebert (R-Valley Center)

This politician and his like-minded citizens are what’s wrong. In April, Kansas became the 18th state to rewrite its constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman and so now a movement to deny gays the ability to adopt foster children is next on the wingnut menu. According to an article on, the current law is silent on whether gays or lesbians can adopt foster children and unmarried couples can’t adopt foster children jointly. An unmarried individual can adopt and live with another person, but only the individual who adopted would gain legal custody.

A joint legislative committee will review “adoption criteria” for foster children this year. It could recommend changes that the Legislature may — or may not — deal with next year…Despite Huebert’s interest and his success in getting a review, it’s not a front burner issue with every legislator.

“In the great scheme of issues that need to be resolved by the Legislature, this isn’t at the top of the list,” said Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence. “I haven’t spent a lot of time worrying about it.”

…Huebert said he isn’t crusading against gays and lesbians. “I have been getting different calls and people who say I am trying to attack the homosexual community, and that is not my goal,” Huebert said. “Some say it’s a political issue, and that’s not my goal either.”

Note: Florida and Mississippi prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting. Legislation to prohibit or limit gays and lesbians from adopting or becoming foster parents failed this year in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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