Kansas and Oklahoma are the latest states to pass legislation banning gay adoptions. The news comes weeks after two lesbians starved and murdered their 6 adopted children in a tragic murder-suicide.
The bills protect religious adoption agencies’ right not to place children with gay couples.
The legislation now goes to their respective governors to sign. Republican Mary Fallin of Oklahoma is still mulling over whether she will sign the bill into law, but Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer (also Republican) has confirmed he will sign.
“Catholic Charities and other adoption agencies are key to the fabric of our communities,” Colyer said Friday. “I look forward to signing this bill because it increases the opportunities for needy children to find loving homes.”
Colyer said children thrive in homes with a mommy and a daddy.
Lesbian couple Jennifer Hart and Sarah Hart, both 38, starved and abused their six adopted children (pictured below) for years, despite reports of abuse from teachers and friends.
The women drove their car off a cliff in Northern California killing themselves and their children in March. Two of the children — Hannah Hart, 15, and Devonte Hart, 16, are still missing.
The other states that have laws allowing only adoption by married heterosexual couples include Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Virginia.
Georgia passed a bill in the House banning gay adoptions. The legislation next goes to the Senate before landing on the governor’s desk for signature.