Lawmaker’s proposal: Bar Republicans from adopting

This is pretty clever activism for a career politician. I’m impressed.

(Not that I think his proposal should become law, or that I recommend legislative activism in the common sense of the term. He is clearly not trying to make a new law – he is using his position (and cleverness) to call out a peer for his position.)

I’m archiving the whole article because I’m worried it won’t stay available at its current location.

Lawmaker’s proposal: Bar Republicans from adopting

AKRON, Ohio – If an Ohio lawmaker’s proposal becomes state law, Republicans would be barred from being adoptive parents.

State Sen. Robert Hagan sent out e-mails to fellow lawmakers late Wednesday night, stating that he intends to “introduce legislation in the near future that would ban households with one or more Republican voters from adopting children or acting as foster parents.” The e-mail ended with a request for co-sponsorship.

On Thursday, the Youngstown Democrat said he had not yet found a co-sponsor.

Hagan said his “tongue was planted firmly in cheek” when he drafted the proposed legislation. However, Hagan said that the point he is trying to make is nonetheless very serious.

Hagan said his legislation was written in response to a bill introduced in the Ohio House this month by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, that is aimed at prohibiting gay adoption.

“We need to see what we are doing,” said Hagan, who called Hood’s proposed bill blatantly discriminatory and extremely divisive. Hagan called Hood and the eight other conservative House Republicans who backed the anti-gay adoption bill “homophobic.”

Hood’s bill, which does not have support of House leadership, seeks to ban children from being placed for adoption or foster care in homes where the prospective parent or a roommate is homosexual, bisexual or transgender.

To further lampoon Hood’s bill, Hagan wrote in his mock proposal that “credible research” shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing “emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities.”

However, Hagan admitted that he has no scientific evidence to support the above claims.

Just as “Hood had no scientific evidence” to back his assertion that having gay parents was detrimental to children, Hagan said.

“It flies in the face of reason when we need to reform our education system, address health care and environmental issues that we put energy and wasted time (into) legislation (Hood’s) like this,” continued Hagan, who has been in the Ohio Senate nine years. Before the Senate, he served 19 years in the Ohio House.


  1. Gays cannot reproduce. They must proseletyze. What better way than to raise them right in their own homes. Of course an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose such a suggestion because on a gut level homosexuality is against nature. In a free society where free will is maximized, there still has to be law to keep the society running smoothly. Therefore acts that disrupt society, no matter how liberatarian, have to be discouraged. Like it or not there is an unconscious sense of right and wrong and decency that we can never escape no matter how much we protest there are no absolutes. When we are wronged, we don’t say there are no absolutes; we consistently appeal to justice as if everyone lives by it and therefore understands the appeal. No use pretending it is not there. Libertarianism is not lawlessness. Libertarianism is freedom that requires individual responsibility. Every society must have law. Either I control myself in society or the rulers will have to control me. I’d rather control myself and not give the rulers that control. They control me for their good; I control myself for my good. That is freedom to control oneself without the government having to do so. The more lawless a society becomes, the more totalitarian the government becomes. Libertarians want a free society, not a lawless one.

    Comment by Don — 8/22/2006 @ 12:05 am

  2. Who really now is engaged in the control of health? To mine it neglected the large pharmaceutical companies and the medical centers. There should be a centralized management WBR LeoP

    Comment by Virtual Pharmacy — 1/22/2007 @ 11:01 pm

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