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Huckabee bashes gay families for '08 votes

That’s troubling that we would use children as apolitical tool to enact something that has nothing to do with the best interest of a foster child.”

Ordained Baptist minister, advocate of covenant marriage, governor of Arkansas and likely 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came right out of the homobigot box in a stop in Iowa on Saturday while courting the fundie vote. He’s miffed that his state’s supreme court upheld the ability of gays and lesbians to become foster parents, after the Child Welfare Board’s ’99 ban was tossed out in a ruling last month. (365gay):

Huckabee said that while the ruling accused the Board of overreaching it did not rule on the merit of banning gays from fostering.

“Our attorneys read into that that if it was legislation it would likely stand, that we could in fact say that only married couples could be foster parents,” Huckabee said. “We think that if we go back and codify that into law that probably takes care of it.” He also said that the law would incorporate a ban on gay adoption.

Huckabee said the legal battle brought by gays over the Board regulation had little to do with the welfare of children. “What I feared was going on was that the plaintiffs in this case were not as interested in foster children as they were in making the political point of homosexual activism.”

As you’ll recall, on the side of the state in the fostering case was Kathy L. Hall, attorney for the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, who used brain-dead arguments in favor of the ban such as “The health, safety and welfare of foster children is of the utmost concern to the state — and that can’t happen in a home where unmarried sex occurs.” Right.

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