Sunday, February 26, 2006

On February 10, I posted about a new bill in the Ohio House of Representatives: H.B. 515, the Adoptive and Foster Children's Protection Act, which would ban GLBT Ohioans and anyone who resides with us from adopting or fostering children. It was cosponsored by ten representatives, all of them Republicans, and is just another example of Republicans trying to promote their warped vision of family values as a way to divide the electorate at the expense of actual children and families.

In any event, I thought I'd update my readers on what's going on with the bill.

Essentially, the bill is dead on arrival. Without the support of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering, pictured above), and with opposition by both Republicans and Democrats, it's very unlikely that H.B. 515 will make it out of committee to even be voted on. And Speaker Husted's chief of staff has condemned the bill as "divisive," stating that Speaker Husted would prefer to focus on job creation during this legislative session. While it doesn't look like H.B. 515 will be going anywhere, I've already submitted an article condemning the bill to which will probably appear in the March/April edition when it comes out in a few days, and I will continue to keep track of H.B. 515.

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