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“I am not convinced that just because our foster children desperately need loving homes that we should just place them in homes that are available when research also shows that most homosexual couples have numerous emotional dysfunctions and psychological issues that may not be healthy for children.”
— Tennessee State Rep. Debra Young Maggart (R-Hendersonville)

[Welcome Crooks & Liars readers, sit down and have a cup of fresh Blend…]

Blender James of At Thirty Three sent this heinous one in, saying…

Here we go again with the foolishness. I’m going to write my State Representative today and ask that he put forward a bill to make psychological and emotional testing a prerequisite to conceiving a child in the State of TN. Maybe I’ll also ask him to enact a minimum income, education, and age level for all Tennesseans who want to be parents.

The above statement by Maggart was an email response to Sara Dykstra, a master’s student in special education at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Dykstra had written members of the Tennessee House Committee on Children and Family Affairs to ask them not to pursue legislation to ban gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children.

Tennessee gay news site Out and About has more about the story, Unfit to parent.

Dykstra said she was shocked by the response received from the elected official.

“My initial reaction when I read that was both shock and anger. I was surprised to hear such one-sided, ignorant and false logic coming from someone who is elected for the common good,” said explained. “I do believe that Rep. Maggart honestly believes she’s doing the right thing by taking this position. She really believes that there is something deviant about being homosexual.”

Rep. Maggart went on to write to Dykstra that she had seen “evidence” that homosexuals could not maintain a stable relationship, and that gay couples often sought young men to adopt for, apparently, “unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse.”

“We also have seen evidence that homosexual couples prey on young males and have in some instances adopted them in order to have unfretted access to subject them to a life of molestation and sexual abuse,” She wrote to Dykstra. “Some of the evidence we were presented showed that lesbian and gay couples have a higher rate of breaking up than heterosexual coupes as well as higher rates of promiscuity outside of their relationships.”

What was the “evidence”? Lo and behold, it looks like one of Daddy Dobson’s people stepped up to the plate with “facts.”

ARep. Maggart said “the State Director, Hedy Weinburg of the ACLU and a representative from Focus on the Family,” presented information at that study committee.

While Rep. Maggart doesn’t say who “State Director” is, she could have been referring to Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

According to her House bio, Ms. Maggart is a single mother, and a Goodpasture Christian School Graduate. More power to her, raising a child by herself. I hope she knows that some on her side of the moralist fence might say that it’s better for a child to be raised in a two-parent family, according to their belief system.

Out and About has the email exchanges between Dykstra and Maggart.


Speaking of Focus on the Family, Blender Rob Thurman did a little research on the FoF site to see if Dobson’s flock has its biblical priorities in order.


* Dem senators take heat in closed-door session with gay leaders: the new Pew poll on gay adoption and marriage leaves the party without any excuses for its spineless behavior as these tired, bigoted arguments of folks like Maggart lose steam.

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