The Right to Adoption02.18.09
As of today, there were fives bills going through the Utah legislature for gay-rights. Two of them have been voted down – one that would’ve granted gays and other unmarried couples the right to adoption, the other would’ve protected gays and transgenders from employment and fair-housing discrimination.
Here’s one of Utah’s elected officials explaining the reason why the first bill fell 5-1:
“Adoption is not a right, it’s a privilege. Those who choose alternative lifestyles suffer the consequences because they can’t naturally produce between them,” said Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, who joined a 5-1 vote to defeat HB288. “Heterosexual couples who cohabit also face consequences because they choose not to marry.”
Call me crazy, but isn’t adoption a viable option for people SPECIFICALLY because they cannot reproduce on their own? I mean, aside from the Angelina Jolies of the world, adoption helps two types of people: those who cannot/won’t support their own children, and those who cannot produce their own children. How is an infertile, married couple any different biologically from an unmarried couple who chooses an “alternative lifestyle” that prevents them from having children? Neither can reproduce.
Also, since when do you need to be married to have kids? I know, I know, you’re not “supposed” to be having premarital sex, but give me a break. There is no biological need to be married in order to reproduce. And there are no laws against having children out of wedlock (I hate that term, by the way.). So why would it then follow that adopting children while unmarried should be illegal? It has no legal basis. It’s simply ideology and religion dictating the discrimination of a specific group of people. Plain and simple.
This needs to stop.
The final bill that has yet to be decided upon would “expand protections for same-sex couples so they can visit a partner in the hospital, inherit property and make medical decisions.”
I’m not holding my breath.