Friday, June 30, 2006

Gay Couples May Become Foster Parents in Arkansas

By ANDREW DEMILLO, Associated Press Writer Thu Jun 29, 7:25 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas cannot ban homosexuals from becoming foster parents because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child's well-being, the state's high court ruled Thursday.

The court agreed with a lower court judge that the state's child welfare board had improperly tried to regulate public morality. The ban also violated the separation of powers doctrine, the justices said.

Reading this story brought me back to the time I performed a concert at Indiana University. In the audience was a father who brought his adopted teenage son. The son had been very self-destructive but this foster dad (who became an adopted dad) told me how inspiring my story had been for his son.

What learned later was that this dad and his partner were what the state referred to as "foster parents of last resort." Meaning, if no one else could handle the children or would take them, this gay couple could and would. They had 9 kids. Some were emotionally disturbed. Some were physically ill. But that House of Love had some kind of magic over it, that, once placed, the kids would find themselves getting healthy, surrounded by love, and healing.

And why was this couple a "last resort" couple? Because they were gay, of course. But did that matter to the two men? Not at all. They were more than happy to accept the outcasts, the forgotten, the ones the so-called "healthy hetero couples" didn't want.

All children need is to know that they are WANTED and LOVED. Just because a home is headed by a hetero couple doesn't automatically make it a better home. But for the gayhaters, they only care about a political agenda of erasing us out of society.

Clue card to the gayhaters: We ain't going anywhere. You can try to erase us, marginalize us, demonize us and deny us civil rights, but we will be right back in your faces. We have the power of Truth on our side and all you have is the cowardly cover of your own ignorance and bigotry.
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