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Equality Arizona disappointed in Brewer’s decision to sign SB 1188 into law today, says move “harmful to children.”

Phoenix, Ariz. (April 18, 2011) – Equality Arizona’s board chairman issued a statement today following Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign SB 1188 into law. SB 1188 is a bill that would create obstacles to placing children and youth in foster care with loving families. SB 1188 mandates that the Arizona Department of Economic Security and adoption agencies give primary consideration to the placement of a child with a “married man and woman.” Brewer’s office announced her action on the bill after Equality Arizona delivered nearly 500 postcards this morning that were collected Saturday and Sunday from Arizona residents urging her to veto the bill.

The Board Chairman for Equality Arizona, issued the following statement:

“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.

“The governor’s action today is harmful to children in foster care and group homes who are seeking a permanent home and the support of a loving, caring family.

“SB 1188 takes the focus off of what’s in the best interest of a child when adoption decisions should be made on a case-by-case basis, according to what’s in a child’s best interest. Each case is unique. For example, adoption authorities may have the choice between placing a child with a beloved single aunt‚ or complete strangers. The only consideration should be determining what’s in the best interest of the child.

“Experienced child health and social service authorities, not politicians, should make adoption decisions. Interference by politicians with bills like SB 1188 has the real potential of hurting children. Not only will SB 1188 have a chilling effect on single people coming forward to adopt children, it could result in a child being placed in a home that is not in their best interest.”

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Equality Arizona works to secure, protect, and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Arizona.