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Screw the Children

A representative from Texas, Robert Talton, added an amendment today to a bill aimed at reforming Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas. The amendment could ban homosexual couples from becoming foster parents.

We already knew that the gay communicty is getting screwed by the religious right and neo-cons, but this amendment (also approved by ten Democratic representatives) could possibly put as many as 2,500 foster children back in orphanages, according to the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas. Talton, the author of the amendment, explained why he believes it is necessary: "Some of us believe they [the children] would be better off in orphanages than in a homosexual or bisexual households [sic] because that's a learned behavior." Wow. That might be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. It's also callous, but it's really stupid. So stupid, in fact, that I may pass out if I try to verbalize how ridiculously idiotic it is. Wow!!

Legislators may tell us that they have the interests of children at heart, but they do not. The real issue here is bigotry, and these legislators are simply acting out of fear, ignorance, or both. Am I stretching things a bit when I say that I believe these lawmakers are using these children to push their anti-gay agenda?

I won't rant about the ten Democrats who approved this amendment, since it goes beyond the scope of this post. Shame on them!


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