More state foster care stupidity
The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services wants to ensure that gays cannot serve as foster parents, however, the reasons that they are giving to deny the ability to foster are so brain-dead that I can’t believe someone could say these things with a straight face. (Arkansas Pine Bluff Commercial):
The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services is appealing a 2004 decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox, who said it was unconstitutional for the state’s Child Welfare Agency Review Board to bar homosexuals from becoming foster parents.
Kathy L. Hall, an attorney for the state agency, told justices that the state already bans unmarried couples who live together from becoming foster parents. Because Arkansas banned gay marriage, a homosexual couple is ineligible to have foster children, she said.
The health, safety and welfare of foster children is of the utmost concern to the state, Hall said, “and that can’t happen in a home where unmarried sex occurs.”
But Associate Justice Annabelle Clinton Imber pointed out that the state allows single heterosexual individuals to be foster parents, but bans single homosexuals. Hall said that a single heterosexual parent is allowed to be a foster parent because he or she “has the potential” to find a spouse; whereas a gay individual does not.
Kathy Hall spewed even more inane statements:
* The state shouldn’t “leave it for chance for the children of Arkansas to be guinea pigs to find out if it is harmful” to be raised in a home with gay foster parents.
* Foster children are already vulnerable and moving them into a home with gay foster parents could subject them to “a culture shock that these kids just don’t need.”