A bill in the
Mississippi senate would bar cohabiting unmarried couples,
including gay and lesbian couples, from adopting children.
The proposed law is an effort to close a loophole that
allows gay couples to adopt. WLBT TV in Jackson
reports that the state's department of human services
has 533 children in its custody who are eligible for
adoption. Current guidelines for a prospective
adoptive parent are that he or she must be
either single -- sexual orientation is not mentioned --
or married for at least two years, 21 years old, and
have sufficient income and insurance to care for a
about taking a child and putting them into an
environment where they are taught habits and exposed to
lifestyles that are clearly detrimental to the child,"
state representative Phillip Gunn said to WLBT in
reference to adoption by gay couples.
however, he does not want to prevent singles from adopting.
"Obviously there are a lot of single people out there with a
lot of love to give an adoptive child, and we
certainly don't want to prohibit that, and that is not
a bad way to raise a child," he continued.
make poor adoptive parents only when they're partnered.