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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 14 2012 7:20 p.m. MST

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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'Needed: Foster parents for Utah teens; Teens in foster care need 'a break' to turn around their lives' - title

*Catholic charities ends Illinois adoption civil unions dispute By Sophia Tareen AP Published by the DSNews 11/15/11

The group had wished to continue its state contracts, while also referring unmarried couples who want to be adoptive or foster parents to other agencies, citing principles of religious liberty and freedom of conscience.
The state of Illinois had said that longstanding practice is discriminatory, a violation of the new law, which allows unmarried couples gay or straight to legally enter into civil unions. - article

Foster parents needed...

unless you are gay.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

Pagan | 8:55 a.m. Feb. 15, 2012

I agree with you very strongly on this one pagan. There are literally hundreds of older kids in foster care, that are legally free, and could be adopted, but few heterosexual couples that will adopt them.
Most heterosexual couple only want to adopt babies.
It is as though the state of Utah has decided that it is better for a child to spend 2-16 years in foster care. Then to allow a homosexual couple, or person, to adopt them.
The kicker is that the law does not allow unmarried cohabitating adults to have foster children, or adopt.
But then they do not allow homosexual couples to marry, so they can follow the law.
If a gay couple can pass a background check, and home study to show they are stable; yes, they should be allowed to adopt.
I have always felt this was a perfect answer; for a momentous problem.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'The kicker is that the law does not allow unmarried cohabitating adults to have foster children, or adopt.
But then they do not allow homosexual couples to marry, so they can follow the law.' - VIDAR | 1:18 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012

I would have to agree. It is a Catch 22. You can't win because you follow the law, and are NOT married.

But then you are DENIED adoption, because, of the fact that you are not married.

This is the issue adoptions in Illinois brought up. The catholic charities that adopted,ADVOCATED against gay marriage and instead, civil unions.

And then PUNISHED gay couples by denying them adoption because they were not (you guessed it), married!

Gay parents do NOT bring harm to their children. As supported by:

"In most ways, the accumulated research shows, children of same-sex parents are not markedly different from those of heterosexual parents."

- 'Coparent or Second-Parent Adoption by Same-Sex Parents' - POLICY STATEMENT - PEDIATRICS Vol. 109 No. 2 February 2002, pp. 339-340 - Pulished: 02/01/10

- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP)

I am glad we agree on this.

No sarcasm. :)

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