Thursday, March 19, 2015

Have You Tried the Hate Du Jour?

I hate writing about gay rights. Really I do. But I don't hate it as much as the sick feeling I get from being silent in the face of injustice. With gay marriage from coast to coast all but a done deal and the ridiculous Don't Ask Don't Tell policy in the dustbin of history, you'd think I could live out my dream of writing provocative romance novels that leave the readers feeling sexually inadequate –

BUT NOOOOOOO.

There they are – America's social conservatives – knowing that the well of hate from gay marriage bans is about to run dry, combing through the carpet like crack addicts looking any nugget of discrimination that might give them just another fix.

Fresh from that carpet, I now present the hate turd du jour, PCB HHSC 15-03.
Earlier today, a committee bill that allows private child placing agencies to use their religious or moral convictions as a license to discriminate against qualified parents looking to adopt a child passed in a committee in the FL House of Representatives.

If signed into law, adoption agencies - who receive taxpayer funded grants or contracts - could refuse to place a child with a certain family on the basis of gender, religion, race, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or family status.

To invoke deeply held biases against the best interest of children and to deny them a loving home is bad for Florida. Now is not the time to make adoption HARDER.
Responding to the vote, ACLU of Florida Director of Public Policy Michelle Richardson stated:
This bill would be a huge blow for the children languishing in Florida’s foster care system awaiting placement in loving, permanent homes. It would turn well-established child welfare law and practice on its head, allowing the interests of the agencies to trump the needs of the children for whom they are charged with caring.

When an agency receives tax dollars to find families for children in the child welfare system, it must place children in homes based on professional standards that protect the best interest of a child, not religious or moral criteria.

The right to religious liberty does not give agencies a right to get government contracts to place wards of the State in families and then refuse to do the job they agreed to do: make placements based on the best interests of the children. If this bill passes, an agency could refuse to place a child with the aunt he knows and loves because she is not of the same faith as the agency, or refuse to place a child with serious medical needs with a doctor with the skills to care for her because the doctor doesn’t follow the agency’s religious tenets.

Telling private agencies that they can deny children placements with qualified families based solely on the agency’s religious beliefs will keep all kinds of good parents in our diverse state from providing Florida’s neediest kids a family for any number of reasons: because they are of a different faith than the agency, they are divorced, they hunt, they are pro-life or pro-choice, or they are a same-sex couple.

Supporters of the bill say that families that are turned away could just go to another agency.  That ignores those directly affected by this bill – the children.  A five year old can’t say ‘please transfer me to another agency that will choose a family for me based on my needs, not theirs.'
You may like me, you may hate me, but one thing you should know is that I'm great with kids. I'm nearly as good with them as my husband. We are uncles and we are godparents, entrusted with the latter because, as my friend put it, "You two are the finest example of love and mutual respect that I can possibly show my children." If and when we ever become parents, we'll be damn good parents.

Contrast that with any idiots you see in family court or worse that @#%&*!  who threw his daughter off a bridge. All cool, because they're all hetro. How pathetic. How lame. How terrible for children.

3 comments:

  1. This is clearly a dumb-fuck rule. But this isn't about just gays. "gender, religion, race, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or family status" covers a lot of ground. This is why people get on Godwackers case.

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  2. No, it's not just about gays but you're kidding yourself if you think gays are't the primary target.

    If you read the whole post including the extensive quote from Michelle Richardson you'll see that your point adds nothing to the discussion as it was already included.

    Happy weekend Sunshine!

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