Arizona just passed a law saying that married couples (same-sex marriage isn't recognized in the state) should have "priority" over other potential parents in adoptions. The rule applies to public and private adoption agencies:
Married couples will have preference when it comes to adopting children under a new measure signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday.
Senate Bill 1188, which was sponsored by Sen. Linda Gray, R-Glendale, would require an adoption agency to give primary consideration to adoptive placement with a married man and woman, with all other criteria being equal.
This raises several questions:
- If straight marriages really are the best way for people to be living, bringing them stability, prosperity, and happiness in abundance and shielding them from evil spirits, why do straight marriages need to have priority? Wouldn't their abundant greatness already put them at the front of the line when it comes to measures of parental ability?
- I thought that the government should never, ever be allowed to tell a private adoption agency who they're allowed to place children with or how to do it, that doing so violates their beliefs and risks shutting down adoption agencies, even when no adoption agencies shut down. Does that rule only apply when the government takes a pro-gay position?
- Will this actually change anything on the ground? I don't know much about how adoption proceedings work, but my guess is parents don't go to the orphanage to choose a child anymore, so the risk of a gay couple and a straight couple (equal in every other way!) fighting over the same child seems pretty low to me. If anything, this seems like a green light to adoption agencies to put up a "No homos" sign.
And just so that everyone's clear where I'm coming from: it wouldn't matter if same-sex marriage were legal in Arizona, this law is still wrong. There are plenty of great single parents and unmarried parents and that piece of paper doesn't make someone a good parent.
On the other hand, if there was same-sex marriage in Arizona I doubt they'd consider a law like this in the first place.