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Ohio legislator calls for barring Republicans from adopting

Trey at Daddy, Papa & Me passed this smart bit of business along (as did Kathy at Birmingham Blues).

An Ohio lawmaker, State Sen. Robert Hagan, is threatening to introduce legislation that would bar Republicans from adopting children — how beautiful is this?!

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to “introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents.” The e-mail ended with a request for co-sponsorship.

Hagan, Hood.

…Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.

“We need to see what we are doing,” said Hagan, who called Hood’s proposed bill blatantly discriminatory and extremely divisive. Hagan called Hood and the eight other conservative House Republicans who backed the anti-gay adoption bill “homophobic.”

Hood’s bill, which does not have support of House leadership, seeks to ban children from being placed for adoption or foster care in homes where the prospective parent or a roommate is homosexual, bisexual or transgender.

To further lampoon Hood’s bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that “credible research” shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing “emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities.”

The best part is that Hagen freely admits that he has no scientific evidence to support the claims that Republicans are unfit to adopt kids (though we here at the Blend can come up with plenty of unscientific reasons), which is equally valid as Hood’s “evidence” that gay parents would be harmful to children.

Trey’s wry comment is a hoot:

I just love it. I mean, they could easily change, those Republicans, if they wanted to have children. it isn’t inborn. What if their children ended up Republican? We can’t have that! Though i guess you could argue that just because the parents are Republican doesn’t mean the children will be. Look at me for example, raised by two Republicans, now I’m a Democrat.

You can thank Hagan for taking a stand in a state that is filled with legislative bigots. His contact info:

Senate Building
Room #051, Ground Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: 614/466-8285

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