Kudos to members of the House Judiciary Committee...and kudos to Gov. Beebe, who questioned the constitutionally challenged bill after it passed through the Senate. "I have constitutional concerns, not with one aspect of it, but all aspects of it", Beebe stated to reporters on Tuesday. Emphasis is mine.
How refreshing to now have a Governor in Arkansas who can make such a legally qualified statement. I can only imagine what the Huckster would have stated if the measure had arisen in his tenure. Of course, the proponents of the bill said that the committee "skirted the issue" by not opening discussion.
Touche. An attempt to open discussion of the bill died by a voice vote.
Proponents stated they doubted that they would press-on for a third attempt during this session, likely enabling the state's Supreme Court ruling to stand another two years, which struck down an internal agency's policy banning homosexuals from being eligible to become foster parents.
What really set me off on this bill, which was introduced by Sen. Shawn Womack (R-Mountain Home), was that it not only would have placed a ban on gays from becoming foster parents, but would have also made it illegal for them to adopt children...even if they were family.
Though an amendment had been proposed to allow adoption by gay relatives, the original intent of the bill was clear. I am sure that is why the committee members took it off the table, and placed it in the garbage where it belongs.
Wow...and this is Arkansas.