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This is one of the most hilarious things I’ve read in a long, long time:

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….

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."

However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.

Just as "Hood had no scientific evidence" to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said.

"It flies in the face of reason when we need to reform our education system, address health care and environmental issues that we put energy and wasted time (into) legislation (Hood’s) like this," continued Hagan, who has been in the Ohio Senate nine years. Before the Senate, he served 19 years in the Ohio House.

Good on this state Senator in Ohio. Ridicule is an appropriate response on this, and one we ought to use more often.

My husband was listening to some comedian the other day who was riffing on the whole discrimination against gays obsession that the religious right has developed. The comedian said something to the effect that these folks seem to be playing some sort of weird child’s game of telephone with God.

On the front end, God says, "Be good to each other." But what they hear is "don’t let gays adopt children."

With 16 states considering banning gay adoptions in this country:

Where bills are being drafted or discussed: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Yep, I’m ashamed to say someone is trying to put this forward in my own state and I had no idea. But I know now — and I’m going to find out who is behind it, and let them know how I feel. Me and a few thousand of my friends.

It’s time for those of us who find this to be a bigoted mindset to stand up and say so. I have very good friends who have provided loving, stable homes to children who would otherwise perhaps still be in an orphanage or in foster care.

What’s next, regulations that only married people get to do in vitro fertilization? Erm…yeah, looks like they are already working on that, too.

You think the line stops at abortion? Think again. It is time that all of us who disagree with an evangelical theocracy being imposed on the entire country stand up and be counted. Government ought not be in my bedroom, and I sure as hell don’t want it telling me or anyone else who I get to love — including telling me whether or not I get to love my child, or my friends get to love theirs.

Oh, and South Dakota’s legislature just sent their abortion ban bill to the Governor, who is indicating that he will sign it. Put your money where your values are — and do some work for a candidate who supports your values in your area. The only way we protect our rights and our values is if we do the work. So, let’s get to work.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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