Arizona Governor Signs Anti-Gay Adoption Law

On April 18, 2011, Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, signed a law that gives married heterosexual couples priority when Arizona adoption agencies are placing children for adoption or foster care.

According to a statement issued by Tom Mann, Board Chairman of Equality Arizona, “SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of the 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. . . The only consideration should be determining what’s in the best interest of the child.

There is considerable research showing children raised by lesbian or gay parents have the same or better outcomes than children raised by heterosexual parents. The IAC does not discriminate against adoptive parents based on sexual orientation, marital status, religion, race, or any other reason.

For more on this topic read these posts:
Gay and Lesbian Parents Raise Well-Adjusted Children: IAC Families Participate in Groundbreaking Study
Son of Lesbian Mothers Speaks Out Against Iowa’s Legislation to Ban Gay Marriage

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  • Jen

    that’s pretty outragous, seems like AZ is going backwards :(

  • Amanda

    i have to LIVE in AZ. i’m lesbian, and this is crazy! i don’t want kids, but for those that do, this is insanity. sb 1188? no. BS 1188.

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