I have been a foster parent.
I am an adoptive parent.
I know - firsthand - what I am talking about.
In 2004 in Arkansas there were 6,502 children living in foster care.
6,502 kids without a place to call "home."
6,502 kids without stability and security.
6,502 kids languishing.
Are there too many foster homes?
Are there too many people willing to open their lives to unwanted and needy kids?
Is there a long line of people waiting to adopt and raise with love and care kids who would not get it anywhere else?
Why then is the Arkansas legislature considering handicapping the opportunity for children to find loving, stable homes by restricting foster and adoptive care to heterosexual, married couples?
Let me be clear. I believe homosexual activity is outside of the bounds of God's design for us as human beings. I also believe that the best possible place where a child can be raised is within the bounds of God's design for us - namely, a home with a mom and a dad. But we live in a world that is far from ideal. In my estimation, it is far better for a child to be in a home - any home - where he or she is wanted, is the center of someone's world, than to be shipped here and there without ever being able to put down roots.
People are being discriminated against in Arkansas - and none more so than those children whose families have been destroyed by abuse and neglect. In the interest of justice, those children deserve a chance to be placed in a home - any home - that will provide them with love and stability and security.
For those heterosexual, married Christians who want to argue with me about this, I have one simple question, "How many?" How many kids have you fostered? How many kids have you adopted? If your home is the ideal, how many children have you opened it to?
If you live here in Arkansas, I want to join me in asking our legislature to think about the kids before they pass this law.
The ACLU Response