So I have a few bones to pick with the state of Arkansas. What in the world are they doing with this ban on adoptions for unmarried individuals? See the link below:
There are a few levels here that need to be discussed. First, this is supposedly going to be on the ballot in November, meaning there is still a chance to overrule this proposal. Secondly, I can understand the hesitation to allow unmarried individuals to adopt, but on the flip side doesn’t a state agency look into this sort of thing? I believe there are requirements that have to be fulfilled if an adoption between two people should occur. Thirdly, since Arkansas doesn’t allow for gay marriage gay men and women are, for all intensive purposes, unable to adopt. Take this into consideration. Let’s say we have a straight unmarried couple who wants to adopt. The only thing that this couple has to do, other than pass state clearance for adoption, is get married. They can literally walk down to the courthouse on a lunch break and have a Justice of the Peace marry them, whereas gay men and women can’t.
As mentioned in article it was the Arkansas Family Council that brought this to fruition.
““Arkansas needs to affirm the importance of married mothers and fathers,” Family Council President Jerry Cox said. “We need to publicly affirm the gold standard of rearing children whenever we can. The state standard should be as close to that gold standard of married mom and dad homes as possible.””
Gold standard my ass, this infuriates me because these people hide behind marriage jargon when all it really is rhetoric that says that adoption is only good for straight people because churches define marriage as being between a man and a woman. As if marriage determines the ability for people to raise a child.
But, I think the most important aspect of this whole thing is the children that are involved. It kills me to think that there are people out there, like Jerry Cox, that would rather a child stay in a state system than let gay couples adopt him or her. That is what it really comes down to. Their moral standard doesn’t help the children that are waiting to be adopted…in fact I will even go as far as to say that their (Arkansas Family Council) moral righteousness is keeping children in the state system. What is good about that? What is good about denying a child a good home because the couple just happens to be gay? The mean, cynical gay part of me says screw them and their proposal let them do what they want; I’m fed up with dimwitted idiots like Jerry Cox trying to be a straight martyr. Then I think of those kids in the system who deserve a good home and I know that we have to stop blatant discrimination like this. This is messed up.
On the upside though Arkansas’s Families First is campaigning against the measure! “”We’re going to work very hard to defeat this because it is just bad policy for children,” Willhite said.” Debbie Willhite is a consultant for Families First.
I do have one more tiny little rant to cover. Madonna during her Sticky and Sweet tour made a tiny reference to McCain…a reference that compared him to Robert Mugabe….and Hitler.
See the link below:
Now let me reiterate that in a past post I bashed McCain’s camp for making ludicrous comparisons between Brittney Spears, Parish Hilton, and Obama. I have to say that Madonna’s comparison is absurd as well. Don’t get me wrong the liberal part of me is cheering for her! And, I also have to suspect that this piece political “discourse” didn’t hurt her in ticket sales either if you get what I’m saying. Political uproar is always edgy, controversial…and a great money maker.
And rightly so McCain’s camp has done damage control denounced the negatively charged comments saying, “”The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time,” said Tucker Bounds, A McCain campaign spokesman. “It clearly shows that when it comes to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse to consider any smear or attack off limits.””
You know what I have to say about that:
The whole McCain camp is full of hypocrites. So it is okay for McCain’s camp to put out a PAID (yes paid as in campaign funds donated by McCain supporters used to shoot a video) video comparing Obama to Spears and Hilton. Then when a private citizen chooses to make a big statement in the same manner against McCain, the camp is shocked and sickened by it. How could McCain’s people not see this one coming? I think the best part of this whole thing is that McCain paid to have his video against Obama done and Madonna just hauled off and put it into her tour for no money.
No I lied I think the best part of the whole debacle is that Obama’s camp came out and denounced Madonna’s political jabs while still sticking to McCain supporters. “Tommy Vetor, a spokesperson for Obama’s camp, also spoke out about Madonna’s controversial move. “These comparisons are outrageous and offensive and have no place in the political process,” he said in a statement to CNN. “We hope that John McCain will offer a similar condemnation as his allies increasingly practice sleazy swift-boat politics.” “
I just want you to remember that it was McCain’s camp that opened Pandora’s Box here, and that they paid for a celebutack (see below). Where as Obama is playing with clean political campaigning.
(celebutack- c-leb-you-tac- n. meaning the use of one’s celebrity, whether it be of paid or personal use, to attack ones opponent.)