By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com April 18 2011 5:50 PM ET
Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed a bill Monday mandating that
married heterosexual couples be given priority consideration when
agencies are placing children for adoption or foster care.
Brewer signed the bill despite 500 postcards being sent to her office, from supporters of Equality Arizona asking her to veto the bill.
Tom Mann, board chairman for Equality Arizona, criticized the governor in a statement Monday.
"The governor’s action today is harmful to children in foster care and group homes who are seeking a permanent home and the support of a loving, caring family," Mann said. "SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of a child when adoption decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, according to what’s in a child’s best interest. Each case is unique. For example, adoption authorities may have the choice between placing a child with a beloved single aunt — or complete strangers. The only consideration should be determining what’s in the best interest of the child."