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September 09, 2004

Where the Heart Is

Gay Dads Get Daughters, Plus Praise From Judge

Judge Irene Sullivan is my new hero.

LARGO - Two young girls from Florida's foster care system should be allowed to live permanently with the two gay men they call "Dad and Daddy," Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Irene Sullivan ruled Wednesday.

Denying a motion that could have moved the girls away, Sullivan said the state owes the two men "a debt of gratitude" for the way they took in two troubled foster children, now ages 6 and 7, and transformed their lives.

"I'm going to personally thank Dad and Daddy here, for in their way, stopping the cycle of abuse," Sullivan said. She even suggested the state use the men to train other foster parents.

What a wonderful story. For once, the judicial system in Florida gets something right. And the State Attorney's office needs to shut up and leave this ruling alone.

How could anyone read that story and not believe that the foster children in question aren't better off with these men, no matter what their sexual orientation is? Seventeen different foster homes in two months. And the Department of Children and Families wants to argue that these sisters might be adoptable, and so if there's even the slightest possibility of that - and it isn't proven, it's just someone's optimism at work - then we shouldn't allow the gay guys to care for these kids? Despite the fact that it's the gay guys who, at least for one of the girls, have shown themselves to be the only people to have given her the stability she needs to grow up mentally and emotionally healthy.

I just wish that people could get over their biases when it comes to homosexuality and make decisions that are in the best interests of the children in question. It almost never happens. Fortunately it appears that there's at least one judge sitting on the Pinellas-Pasco Circuit that has both compassion and a clue.

Posted by Highwaygirl on September 9, 2004 10:12 AM to the category Current Affairs
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