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Dreadsox 04-21-2005 04:08 AM

Texas votes to ban Gay Foster Parents
Texas could be only state to ban gay foster parents

April 21, 2005


AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas could become the only state to bar gays from becoming foster parents under legislation passed Wednesday by the House.

The ban is part of a bill to revamp the state's Child Protective Services agency. It passed 135-6 with two abstentions and now heads to the Senate.

''It is our responsibility to make sure that we protect our most vulnerable children, and I don't think we are doing that if we allow a foster parent that is homosexual or bisexual,'' said Republican Rep. Robert Talton, who introduced the amendment.

If the bill becomes law, Texas would be the only state to prohibit homosexuals and bisexuals from becoming foster parents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian and Gay Rights project.

Law overturned in Arkansas

Arkansas had barred gays from becoming foster parents, but a judge said the law was unconstitutional in December.

Eva Thibaudeau, a social worker, said she and her lesbian partner of eight years have adopted four children and have served as foster parents to 75.

''I am just so hurt and surprised, especially now [when] we are facing an ongoing crisis of not having enough resources to take care of foster children,'' she said.

The bill follows recent child slayings that occurred after caseworkers investigated suspicions of neglect or abuse and decided the children were safe to remain with their parents.

It would give all of Child Protective Services' foster care and case management duties to private companies. AP

I am going to stick to the Northeast and live in the land of the free.

MrsSpringsteen 04-21-2005 04:57 AM

pathetic and sad

I wonder how many kids wishing and hoping for a placement give a rat's behind whether it's w/ gay or straight people. They just want love and security, and what does being gay or straight have to do w/ that?

I can only imagine how that woman has immeasurably helped those 75 kids.

Irvine511 04-21-2005 05:39 AM


words can't do justice to such stupidity, ignorance, and hate.

Moonlit_Angel 04-21-2005 06:58 AM

*Flops head on desk, cries*

Why are people so stupid? Why, why, why?


melon 04-21-2005 07:00 AM


Originally posted by Irvine511
words can't do justice to such stupidity, ignorance, and hate.
I only need one word: "Texas."


saltwaterkiss26 04-21-2005 07:22 AM


Originally posted by melon
I only need one word: "Texas."


I'll agree with that if it passes. If not, maybe there's still some decent people down there. (One can only hope...)

Irvine511 04-21-2005 07:26 AM


Originally posted by saltwaterkiss26

I'll agree with that if it passes. If not, maybe there's still some decent people down there. (One can only hope...)

they all seem to live in Austin.

*great* town.

Anthony 04-21-2005 07:49 AM

Well, that's surprising.


dandy 04-21-2005 07:51 AM

what's next? the back of the bus?

this downright reactionary. and scary.


Irvine511 04-21-2005 09:33 AM


Originally posted by Anthony
Well, that's surprising.


Austin rules. has U of Texas, with over 40,000 students, and the best live music scene in the US. tie that in with Texas BBQ and it's reputation as an island of sanity in a sea of madness, and all the cool kids of Texas flock there.

or San Antonio.

maybe even parts of Dallas.

but certainly not Midland.

Do Miss America 04-21-2005 09:43 AM

Foster home programs have been so abused over the years you would think they would just want to search for loving couples to take care of these children. The foster home program has problems with sexual abuse, child "slavery, neglect, etc some of them are really sad. But instead of trying to fix the real problems, banning gays is more fun for the homophobes.

verte76 04-21-2005 10:19 AM

This sucks. So many kids need good, loving foster homes. The best foster parent in town could be gay. What a bunch of self-righteous lunacy. :mad: :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored: :censored:

Irvine511 04-21-2005 10:20 AM

gay people are a convenient excuse for all social maladies.

but isn't it straight people who are getting divorce and being horrible parents to the fucked-up, selfish brats they've spawned to replace themselves?

stand aside, straights; you've had your turn, and you've made a great big mess of things and we won't let you blame gay people for moral decline the way Hitler blamed the jews for hyper-inflation.

... kidding, but only sort of.

XHendrix24 04-21-2005 12:01 PM

To put it as eloquently as possible...

SON of a BITCH. :huh:

U2democrat 04-21-2005 12:09 PM

fine. don't let kids have a chance at having great, though different parents. :|

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