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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

For the family

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 6:58 AM

A former foster child writes in the LA Times of the need to allow unmarried couples to adopt.

With so many kids needing homes, it is shocking that a growing number of states now prohibit unmarried couples -- gay and straight -- from adopting or serving as foster parents. In November, Arkansas joined a growing list of states that ban such adoptions, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Utah and Mississippi.

My partner, Dan, and I hope to adopt one day. (Gay adoption is legal in California.) And if we do, it will be out of a conviction that kids deserve a better chance than I had for a permanent, loving home.

I'm confused by people who call themselves pro-family yet would prefer to see children bounce from home to home -- or worse, to be raised in an institution -- because there aren't enough foster homes to go around.

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