That phrase's "Stupid" of address is usually meant as a joking reference to the self, but after 8 years of culturally conservative policies undermining the very values that so-called family values voters claim to support, I'm not so sure I mean it that way this time.
Beginning on Jan. 1, a grandmother in Arkansas cohabitating with her opposite-sex partner because marrying might reduce their pension benefits is barred from taking in her own grandchild; a gay man living with his male partner cannot adopt his deceased sister’s children.And so does gay-hatred further undermine families. But I really started thinking about that last statement: "...in tough economic times, the numbers of abused and neglected children in need of foster care rises." Of course, we all know this: in tough economic times, domestic violence in general increases. It also increases when soldiers return from war. Crime also increases. And the number of abortions, which we need to keep safe and legal but which are friend to no one, increase during tough economic times.
Social conservatives are threatening to roll out Arkansas-style adoption bans in other states. And the timing couldn’t be worse: in tough economic times, the numbers of abused and neglected children in need of foster care rises.