As much peril as this war holds for adult men and women, children are the most vulnerable and least able to defend themselves against the fallout.
Children are in great need of a stable home environment as they not only strive for academic success, but even as they work to understand the world around them and how they are supposed to grow into well-adjusted members of society.
No-fault divorce and high out-of-wedlock birth rates have seriously hurt countless children in the past four decades. Cohabitative environments have left children uncertain of the future and often at higher risk of abuse and neglect.
Now, with states like Massachusetts and California attempting to ramrod the idea of homosexual “marriage” on the rest of American society, the subject of homosexual adoptions is becoming more serious.
When a child is adopted into a homosexual home, the child is intentionally being deprived of either a father or a mother. What’s more, children placed in these homes are exposed to the same negative health conditions homosexuals face at much greater rates: AIDS, STDs, hepatitis, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and domestic violence. Homosexuals also have a much higher rate of promiscuity, further subjecting children to chaotic and potentially abusive situations.
Already, there are few states that prohibit adoption of children by homosexual couples.
But one of those states where the door has not yet been opened, Arkansas, is making a move to protect children this November.
From CNS News:
A proposal aimed at effectively banning gays and lesbians from becoming foster or adoptive parents was cleared Monday to appear on this fall’s ballot in Arkansas.
The measure would prohibit unmarried couples living together from fostering or adopting children
It stands to reason that a couple who lacks the commitment to marry one another may also lack the commitment to provide the best possible home environment for a developing child. At the very least, they would be subjecting a child to an uncertain future (it’s a lot easier to walk away from a relationship when there is no marriage covenant involved). They would also be teaching the child that marriage, one of the foundational institutions of any healthy society, isn’t important.
The state has a compelling interest in preserving marriage. This interest involves not only preventing marriage from being hijacked and counterfeited by homosexual couples, but in promoting and preserving the institution of marriage. Several states have begun responding to this need by offering “covenant marriages,” which involve premarital counseling and restricting justification for divorce to more traditional reasons such as adultery or abuse.
It is interesting to note that Arkansas, like South Dakota, has one of these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” organizations masquerading as a “family friendly” group–while attacking the family.
In South Dakota, it is the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families (aka South Dakota Campaign for UnHealthy Families) fighting for the right to slaughter children in the womb for any reason. In Arkansas, it is the Arkansas Families First group fighting to put children last after the sexual and convenience priorities of adults.
Such masquerades are not new. But it is good to see Arkansas taking a proactive approach to defending the welfare of children in that state.
Every state in the union, including South Dakota, should initiate similar actions as soon as possible. Children are the least among us able to defend themselves. We owe it to them to protect them from adult irresponsibility.