Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Signs Law Giving Married Couples Priority Consideration Over Gays in Adopting Children


Arizona Governor Jan Brewer gave her signature to an anti-gay adoption bill Monday, the Phoenix New Times reports:

The new law doesn't necessarily say homosexuals can't adopt kids — but it states that Arizona would prefer that married couples be given higher consideration for adoptions than non-married people, if all other factors are equal.

In other words, since homosexuals aren't allowed to tie the knot in Arizona — yet — they would lose out to heterosexual married couples every time.

"Arizona desperately needed Governor Brewer to demonstrate real leadership today. Instead, we were given another bad law enacted out of political allegiance rather than what's best for Arizona and Arizona's children," Equality Arizona Chairman Tom Mann says. "Experienced child health and social service authorities, not politicians, should make adoption decisions."

The Arizona Republic adds

The bill applies to both state and private adoption agencies. Previously, only Utah has a law requiring priority for married couples, though several other states have bans on adoptions by same-sex couples or by unmarried couples.

Conservative groups and other supporters of the measure said children should have every opportunity to grow up in a household with a mom and dad. But critics said the bill will discourage singles from considering adoption in Arizona. About one-third of the foster children in Arizona are adopted by an unmarried person.

Did God tell her to do it again?

UPDATE: Brewer vetoes 'birther' bill and campus gun bill.


  1. says


    BIGOP –

    — n

    a Republican bigot (biGOP), who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, race or sexuality.

  2. says

    Just had an epiphany…maybe someone on Facebook can do a poll on what state do you consider the most bigoted (listing all 50)? (I’m not on facebook, but I think you can do a poll)

    I figure just about every ‘red’ state will be topping the list, with Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Oklahoma each, somewhere in the top 5! LOL

  3. nodnarb says

    Shockingly, she did just veto the birther bill.

    Still, the woman’s an embarrassment to Arizonans and an affront to human rights.

  4. Craig says

    “Arizona desperately needed her to show real leadership today” … why? When has she ever shown real leadership? She’s a uneducated bigot. What more is there to say.

  5. Zlick says

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and propose that, all other things being equal, most adoption agencies would already have given married couples more points over unmarried ones, and couples more points over singles. Way before gay or straight ever came into the mix.

    That said, I’m not suggesting that “married couples preference” is not code for “barring gays.” But I just don’t think this is really much of a change, in practice.

  6. Ken says

    Arizona probably has one of the most bigoted Republican parties in the nation, but most polls indicate that the people of Arizona as far less anti gay than the people in other red states. Let me remind everyone that Arizona is the only state that voted against a constitutional admendment that would have banned both marriage and civil unions (they did later pass a bill the banned marriage only). I’m not trying to excuse the crazy Governor, but to say Arizona is one of the most bigoted states in the nation is simply not true.

  7. Jeffrey Dunivant says

    What would you expect from a Republican Governor? She is Governor of my state…for now!

  8. Yuki says

    I can understand the reasoning behind wanting married couples to adopt children versus single parents. However, it should have been extended to committed couples in general, rather than solely those who are married.

    That being said… at least Brewer has a tiny bit of sense, in vetoing the birther bill and the guns-on-campus bill.

  9. Pedro says

    I actually agree with this law. 2 is better than 1. especially when it comes to raising innocent children. So all things being equal, married couples are best.

  10. Joe in CT says

    Whatever happened to Arizona? It used to be a pretty nice place that celebrated individual freedom. Now it’s just a hotbed of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. It’s definitely off my list of places to visit.

  11. says

    There is a group called the Center for Arizona Policy- fundamentalist Christians. They write the anti-gay, anti-abortion, and anti-public education bills, pass them on to friendly legislators, and then pass on campaign contributions. This handful of KKKristians basically run the state. One of the group[‘s leaders is Cathi Herrod, a vile homophobe who claims “god” tells her what to do.

  12. kodiak says

    Great! Potential non-married/single parents will suffer, children will suffer, but THANK GOD Brewer’s conscious won’t suffer! Whew!!