Video from ACLU shows the effects of banning lesbian and gay parenting in Arkansas.

The ACLU recently released a video production called “Freedom to Parent”.

The two-part video series follows two families as they fight for their right to remain together – to receive equal treatment under the law. Child welfare experts show support for the families and detail the horrific effects of anti-gay laws. The piece describes decades of research on the suitability of lesbians and gays as parents.

This 1:35 minute clip follows the Arkansas bill aimed at preventing gay people from fostering or adopting children – and goes behind the scenes to introduce viewers to individuals whose lives would be directly affected.

Devon Bearden, a 15-year-old honors student, lives with her grandmother, Randi Romo, because her mother is very ill. The ban would prevent Romo, a lesbian, from adopting Devon if Devon’s mother died, even though the girl has flourished under her grandmother’s care. They decide to speak out against the discriminatory bill, which not only threatens to tear their family apart but also would exclude an entire pool of prospective parents from caring for the state’s most vulnerable children.

2 thoughts on “Video from ACLU shows the effects of banning lesbian and gay parenting in Arkansas.

  • November 13, 2007 at 12:30 am

    For the law to say she can’t adopt her own grandaughter if it were to become nessassary is just down right evil. It’s not only gay couples fostering or adopting children out of the welfare system, this law will prevent a man’s lesbian sister who lives wiht her partner from taking his children if he and his wife are killed in an accident, even if she is the only family those chlidren have. The religous bigots would rather they go to strangers and be just another case for the over crowded, over worked foster care system. No conideration for the children or the family involved, just their own wish to force their “christian values” down the throats of the rest of the world.


  • February 11, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Will they ever get it? I’m guessing not. Hello to Randi and Devon. I knew you when. Teri Smith

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