Gay rights group opposes adoption bill

Posted on 17 Feb 2009 at 2:35pm
By Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A gay rights group is opposing Kentucky legislation that would bar adoptions by non-traditional couples.

The legislation filed by Republican state Sen. Gary Tapp of Shelbyville calls for children to be placed only in adoptive or foster homes with people who "are not cohabiting outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky."

Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said the legislation would "eliminate potential loving parents" for children who need them. He said the legislation would affect both same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples.

David Edmunds, a spokesman for The Family Foundation, said his organization supports the measure that he says is intended to ensure that children are placed in the best possible homes.

The legislation is Senate Bill 68.

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