Opponents protest anti-gay adoption bill

Posted on 26 Feb 2009 at 2:47pm
By Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A measure that would bar gay and lesbian couples from adopting children is sparking protests in Frankfort.

Opponents gathered in the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 25 to call on lawmakers to defeat the legislation. Their calls for "fairness" echoed through the marble hallways.

Louisville civil rights group The Fairness Campaign organized the rally against legislation that would bar gay, lesbian and unmarried heterosexual couples from adopting children or providing foster care.

The measure would allow 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."

Chris Hartman, head of The Fairness Campaign, said the legislation unjustly rules out potentially good parents just because they’re not married in the traditional sense.

The legislation is Senate Bill 68.

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