Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The Results of Anti-Gay Bigotry

Yet another story that shows that anti-gay bigotry and the policies it spawns destroy families rather than preserving them. A woman with 4 children asked her uncle to take them in because she was unable to care for them because, well, she’s a major screwup apparently. The uncle took in the 4 children, in addition to his own two kids, and is willing to care of them. The state of Utah, no the other hand, wants to take the 4 kids, split them up and put them in foster homes with people they don’t know.

Why? Because the uncle is gay and in a committed relationship. The state Department of Child and Family Services says it’s against the law for foster parents not to be married or single and not cohabitating; so far a judge is disagreeing:

To the state, it’s a simple matter of the law, which says that to adopt or be a foster parent, you must be legally married or single and not cohabitating. Officials asked for clarification of a judge’s directive that Valdez have custody of the children, requesting that the court take custody or grant custody to the state’s Division of Child and Family Services. On Friday, the courts took custody, then turned around and granted Valez temporary custody of the children.

“The judge said, ‘I see absolutely no reason why the kids can’t stay where they’re at,’” Valdez said.

The two men, both natives of Utah County, said they would love to get married, but voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The Uncle and his partner clearly want to do the right thing:

“It was very difficult to get it going. But we’ve got the kids situated now. They’re comfortable. They’re happy,” Oberg said.

The children aren’t strangers to DCFS, as the mother has a history of drug problems. But DCFS has worked to keep the kids with their mother when possible, Valdez said, and was even supportive of the men’s efforts, until one of the division lawyers said the men had to sign over the children.

“They’ve been through enough without having been split up,” Valdez said. “That’s the major thing, the reason I’ve agreed to do this for her.”

So let’s take these kids away from their extended family, who are willing and able to care for them, split them up and put them in foster homes. Tell me again how you’re for “family values.”

Comments

  1. #1 CPT_Doom
    October 6, 2007

    To the state, it’s a simple matter of the law, which says that to adopt or be a foster parent, you must be legally married or single and not cohabitating.

    So you’re telling me that if the children had a grandmother, for instance, who was sharing a house with a widowed female friend, they wouldn’t place the children with her? Somehow I doubt that. This is exactly the kind of law – assuming it uses the term “cohabitating” in a vague sense – that is easy to selectively enforce against those who are living a “lifestyle” of which the state doesn’t approve.

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