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The Fairness Campaign believes every child deserves a home. Over 7,000 of our Kentucky children live in foster care today, and more than half of those same children are without a loving home environment—2,000 are eligible for adoption. During the 2009 legislative session, Kentucky state Senator Gary Tapp, R-Shelbyville, proposed a piece of legislation attacking our state’s displaced children and its LGBT families: Senate Bill 68 (SB 68), barring all unmarried couples from adopting, fostering, or providing relative care in the Commonwealth. If passed, the law would have left scores of adoptable children without a loving home each year, and would have cost the state millions of dollars in additional foster care and recruitment. The state of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services currently employs a very rigorous set of reviews when considering individuals seeking to provide foster or adoptive care, and the Fairness Campaign believes any individual deemed qualified by the state to provide such care should have equal opportunity to do so—a position shared by our Governor.

Together with a statewide coalition of citizen lobbyists and over 30 faith, child welfare, and equality organizations, the Fairness Campaign launched an effort to defeat Sen. Tapp’s anti-adoption legislation, which was stopped before even coming to a vote on the Senate floor. Though SB 68 was defeated in 2009, similar legislation targeting children and unmarried couples has already passed in states like Arkansas and Mississippi, and it is likely future ant-adoption bills will be proposed in Kentucky. The Fairness Campaign will continue to grow the statewide coalition of individuals and organizations opposing this type of attack legislation, and we encourage every Kentuckian to contact their state legislators to let them know any attempt to categorically eliminate potential loving homes for our children in need will never be supported in the Commonwealth.

Contact your legislator now!

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