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Nathan Newman on February 26, 2006 - 9:56am
With recent bills by anti-gay forces to ban adoption by gays, it was only a matter of time before the potential parenting skills of all manner of groups come under fire. Ohio State Senator Robert Hagan has introduced a bill to bar Republicans from adopting children or becoming foster parents, since as he argues:
"[C]redible research'' shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing ``emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities.''Hagan admits that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims, but then he notes, neither do those who argue gays are a threat as parents. Hagan's bill is tongue-in-cheek, but more seriously, the reality is that 20,000 children each year go into the foster care system who will never get adopted, 20,000 children desperate for a home but who will reach adulthood with no one EVER adopting them. With so much need to recruit more adoptive parents, it's a bit crazy (and cruel) that any loving parents, whatever their political party or sexual orientation, would be barred from adopting.