Gay Foster Parents in Jackson County, Missouri - For How Long?
In a move that garnered much less attention in the bar world yesterday than the stoppage of "defective equipment" pleas, Judge Sandra Midkiff overturned the state's refusal to allow a gay couple to serve as foster parents.
In the first such case in Missouri, a Jackson County judge ruled Friday that the state could not deny a lesbian a foster parent license.This ruling is a wonderful one, both in terms of legal clarity and policy results, so a part of me just wants to enjoy the moment. Unfortunately, the forces of Missouri Moronity are already working on clouding the sunshine.
There was no dispute that Lisa Johnston was well qualified, but the state contended she lacked “reputable character” because her sexual relationship with another woman broke state law. So the state denied the license.
But Missouri’s law against same-sex sodomy between consenting adults is unenforceable, Jackson County Judge Sandra Midkiff ruled Friday.
Attorney General Jay "Worst Democrat in the World" Nixon has pledged an appeal. (To those who would defend this pandering jackass as "only doing his job", don't even start. He actually allowed his lawyers to argue that "living with an openly homosexual parent places a child in an immoral environment that will impede a child’s moral development." That kind of idiocy is not acceptable in polite company.)
Even if the decision stands up to Nixon's best lawyering in the Court of Appeals (if he was stupid enough to make that argument to a judge like Midkiff, who prefers legal arguments to neanderthal posturing, who knows if he can put together a winning brief for the higher courts?), I wonder how this will play out long-term. I can easily picture the Missouri Moronity working to change the law through the legislature, or seeking to pass another anti-human rights amendment. Their hatred of anyone different than themselves will certainly force them to try something, anything, to avoid this result.
God forbid that a loving home be opened to a hurt and needful child.