Saturday, April 23, 2005

Marriage

I'm sure most of you have heard about this; the Texas house has passed a bill to prohibit gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents. Furthermore, it passed by a vote of 135-6. It is almost enough to make one cry.

Some supporters of the amendment have said, among other things, that "There's a risk that more of the children will go into homosexuality because it's a cultivated and learned behavior," that "it would be better for children to live in an orphanage than to be raised in such morally deficient house holds," and that "homosexuals cannot procreate, so they recruit." Furthermore, Cathie Adams, president of the ultra-conservative Texas Eagle Forum, believes that "children cared for by homosexuals were more likely to be sexually molested." [Reuters]

Keep in mind, of course, that 2,500 to 3,000 children would possibly be removed if the bill went through.

I don't think I need to point out the simple fact that sexual orientation is not a choice, and few non-heterosexual people would even want to foist homosexuality on another person, and the while the occurrence of deviant behavior is at a higher percentage in non-heterosexual people (for a variety of sociological reason), it is also alive and well in the hetero population.

The most interesting part of the bill, though, is that bisexuals too are prohibited from being foster parents, presumably even if they are in a heterosexual relationship. The bill says that "investigations can be conducted to ascertain the sexual orientation of a present or prospective foster parent." Questions of implementation aside, what point exactly are they trying to make here? Their objection is simply that children should be raised with both male and female role models, and yet even in a household where both those role models exist the legislature is still unwilling to grant foster children. The real motive must be -if it is not to protect children as they proclaim- to strip all non-heterosexuals of rights where ever they might have them.

Luckily, it seems as though the legislature is simply going to ignore it before it goes any further, hopefully letting it die. It doesn't excuse the 135 law makers who cannot respect the rights that this country was founded on.

On a much happier note, Spain has almost legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the third country to do so. Remember, of course, that Spain is predominantly Catholic (and rather ridiculously socialist). Why can Spain do it, but not America, the land of the free?

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