Jan Brewer Signs Married Straights Get Preferential Treatment Adoption Bill

In a move that has disappointed LGBT rights groups and wider child welfare groups alike, Arizona governor Jan Brewer on Monday signed a bill into law that instructs adoption and foster agencies acting on behalf of the state to give priority to married heterosexual couples.

SB 1188 as the bill is known does not constitute an outright ban on same-sex couples adopting but will put them at a greater disadvantage during the adoption/foster care process. The same for prospective parents that are single. Opponents of the bill said that it is overreaching and a fundamentally “bad law” that takes focus from the key issue: child welfare. 

The Advocate reports that Brewer signed the bill despite a protests from constituents who sent around five hundred postcards asking her to veto.

Tom Mann, Board Chairman for Equality Arizona, issued the following statement on SB 1188:

“Arizona desperately needed Governor Brewer to demonstrate real leadership today. Instead, we were given another bad law enacted out of political allegiance rather than what’s best for Arizona and Arizona’s children.

“The governor’s action today is harmful to children in foster care and group homes who are seeking a permanent home and the support of a loving, caring family.

“SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of a child when adoption decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, according to what’s in a child’s best interest. Each case is unique. For example, adoption authorities may have the choice between placing a child with a beloved single aunt — or complete strangers. The only consideration should be determining what’s in the best interest of the child.

“Experienced child health and social service authorities, not politicians, should make adoption decisions. Interference by politicians with bills like SB 1188 has the real potential of hurting children. Not only will SB 1188 have a chilling effect on single people coming forward to adopt children, it could result in a child being placed in a home that is not in their best interest.”

Brewer opted to reject other controversial bills that had landed on her desk including a bill requiring presidential candidates to present “long-form” birth certificates or two or more other proof of citizenship documents in order to qualify for the ballot. This she called “a bridge too far.”

Brewer also vetoed a law that would have allowed for guns on college campuses. Read more here.

An adoption ban in Arkansas was overturned by an appellate court last month when it ruled to support a lower court that a measure preventing all unmarried cohabiting couples from adopting was unconstitutional. Read more on that here.

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LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Oh my, thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit5 years ago

Oh my, thank you for article.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

This goes well in hand with right wing politicians strategies to outlaw abortions, Forcing women to produce unwanted children so there will be more to chose between for prospective straight married couples.
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Tics = Bloodsucking creatures

Charlotte Perry
.6 years ago

Thanks Kenny S and Bette-Ann L for telling that bible thumping idiot the truth. Has any one checked out her profile page? All it says is "The profile you are looking for could not be found" and if you look at the info it does show, she has been a member for quite awhile and has very little activity...wonder why. I believe that she is harassing people on craigslist and she either has a couple of buddies or she/he? has quite a few aliases. She/he thinks she/he is god and flags anyone she/he thinks is asking too much in a rehoming fee or any other lame excuse she/he can come up with. She/he hides behind craigslist and is doing the same thing here.

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham6 years ago

I agree DEBI C. If most un-christ-like "christians" would do PROPER bible study they would learn that what they have been taught is totally wrong and they would have to rethink their own beliefs and that scrares the crap out of them. Most dont even know the correct definition of the word abomination. If they did they would know that some things they do on a daily basis are indeed abominations. Lighten up people of religions! You will be much happier people if you can.

Bette-Ann L.
Bette-Ann Libin6 years ago

An abomination in whose eyes? Too bad your short sighted radical non Christian belief system "assumes" parents as heterosexual people are OK to be parents and that's that". Educate yourself you idiot, despite behavioral or other such problems, unfortunetly the right parent does not win, Gay and Lesbian parents are often times better equipped at parenting than their heterosexual counterparts. Ironic isn't it, you would rather have a child suffer in a non loving, often violent family than open your eyes to the truth. LOVE makes a FAMILY.

Debi C.
Debi C6 years ago

Yes, Angela N, your comment is rather sorry.

BTW, do some research into the translation and context of the "abomination" passages in your bible. You may be surprised...

Ahron E.
Ahron E6 years ago

I am not straight. I am normal.

Angela N.
Angela N6 years ago

I'm sorry but I agree with her views. I don't think gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt children. This is not an acceptable lifestyle. It's an abomination in God's eyes!

Alexandra O.
Alex O6 years ago

Man, I tell ya, AZ is one Fu__ed up place. I lived there as a kid and it was a real cool place to be. You wouldn't catch my ass one step over the state line now. Next, I'm waiting for them to put up a huge electric fence around the state, only allowing the most desirable in. I consider myself to be pretty desirable but wouldn't sign up for that freak show. I prefer living around all kinds, colors, sizes, orientations, etc. It's what makes the world go round.