by John Hawkins | April 21, 2005 1:54 pm
The Texas House of Representatives passed a bill banning homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals from being foster parents.
“If the bill gains approval from the Texas Senate, the state will be allowed to investigate the backgrounds of current foster parents and remove children living in non-heterosexual households.
All future foster parents will be required to disclose their sexual preference on an application form, a legislative aide said.
The move was denounced by local activists.
“More than 43,000 gay and lesbian couples in Texas are forming families and raising children, and this attack on LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered) Texans will tear apart our families and remove our children from loving, stable families,” the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas said in a statement.
“In an already over-burdened foster care system, the effect of reducing the pool of foster parents does nothing to protect Texas children,” it added.”
This is going to be one of those extremely emotional and loud cases that gets followed around, bounced around the Texas Supreme Court, then the US Supreme Court, and even after it’s officially settled, law suits and loud plaintive wailing will continue. I might as well jump in the fray right now.
Married heterosexual couples are the ideal. While gay and lesbian couples might be able to provide a very content home, they can not provide what children need most: a mother and a father. Genders, people and roles are not interchangable. I don’t have any strong feelings one way or the other about it being a law as opposed to a preference, but I think that any person charged with ensuring that a child’s best interest is being met should be forced to give preference to married heterosexual couples if all other factors are equal.
That being said, transgendered people should not be anywhere near children. I don’t necessarily believe that they’re child molestors or even that they’d be bad parents. I do, however, believe that their lifestyle is not conductive to raising well-adjusted children. It’s simply too confusing for children to have a “parent” who is “between genders”. The politically correct pressure to accept such people is based on social engineering experiments and not on what is good for society, families, or children. The law probably should protect children from these people in the same way it attempts to protect them from parents who do drugs or otherwise endanger their children’s well-being.
Something that I find interesting is how rarely it is mentioned that heterosexual foster homes (and adoptive homes) are so much more readily available than homosexual ones. The spin is that there’s a surplus of loving homosexual homes and society’s bigotry is keeping children from them. This is not true. If a child is a ward of the State, the State has an obligation to put children in homes most reflective of normal, healthy families. It’s not bigotry that what is normal is heterosexual homes. The reframing of the issue to one of tolerance will not change the fundamental fact that children need one loving, stable father, and one loving, stable mother.
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