The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 March 2004

Not so hard to predict

The story so far:

  • Massachusetts same-sex couple adopts child from Oklahoma, seeks state birth certificate.

  • Department of Health asks Attorney General what the law specifies.

  • AG responds that it's a legal adoption, even if the parents don't qualify under Oklahoma law; Health duly issues certificate.

  • Republican lawmakers vow to do something about it.

The other shoe has dropped; Rep. Thad Balkman (R-Norman) has let it be known that the GOP is looking for a bill to which they can attach an amendment that would ban out-of-state adoptions of Oklahoma children by gay couples. Writing their own bill is evidently out of the question. (I suggest Senate Bill 1413, which to me looks like a back-door attempt to reinstate the state's sodomy laws by defining a new class of the "detestable and abominable crime against nature".)

The Department of Health reports that half a dozen children from Oklahoma have been adopted by gay couples outside the state.

Posted at 8:00 AM to Soonerland


They can't introduce new legislation at this point because the deadline has passed. The initial deadline for legislation is back in December, long before the session actually begins.

http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/house/deadline.htm

Posted by: Michael Bates at 1:04 PM on 24 March 2004

True enough, but I fail to see why this is so important that it can't wait until the next session; is it that important to Make a Statement?

Yeah, yeah, I know. "What about the children?" Right now, I'm thinking they're going to grow up happier the farther they are from the likes of Thad Balkman.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:23 PM on 24 March 2004