Unreasonable Accommodation, Part Two

The Republican Heretic is also covering the recent Mike Huckabee interview, and in a post yesterday he covered another part of the same interview that deserves comment. Huckabee was asked about a law, recently passed in Arkansas, that prohibits same-sex couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents:

Interviewer: “Arkansas passed a ban on gay adoptions in ‘08. What was your take on that?

Huckabee: “I supported that, because I think that this is not about trying to create statements for people who want to change, again, the basic fundamental definitions of family. And always we should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults. You know, children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”

That’s absolutely right. Children are not puppies. And we don’t need to experiment on them like we do puppies. Especially like I experiment on puppies. But they’re both missing something big here. That Arkansas law didn’t prohibit gay people from being adoptive or foster parents, it prevented cohabitants from being adoptive or foster parents. From the law:

Section 1:  Adoption and foster care of minors.
(a)  A minor may not be adopted or placed in a foster home if the individual seeking to adopt or to serve as a foster parent is cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of  a marriage which is valid under the constitution and laws of this state.
(b) The prohibition of this section applies equally to cohabiting opposite-sex and same-sex individuals.

See, it’s clearly nondiscriminatory, in that it applies equally to all sexual partners who are (1) living together, but (2) not in a marriage recognized by the state. So celibate gay people could adopt. And all it would take is some proof of their celibacy. Maybe one of those devices which measure sexual arousal.

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