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Sebelius not warm to banning gay adoption

April 9, 2005

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— Any proposal to prohibit gays and lesbians from adopting children is likely to meet with little enthusiasm from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

There's no such proposal in the Legislature, but some gay rights activists fear the idea could surface.

Fueling their concerns was voters' approval this week of an amendment to the Kansas Constitution banning gay marriage. The amendment also declares that only traditional unions of one man and one woman are entitled to the "rights and incidents" of marriage.

Currently, the state doesn't allow couples -- gay or straight -- to adopt children together if they are not married. However, unmarried individuals can become single, adoptive parents.

Asked during a Statehouse news conference Friday about banning adoptions by gays and lesbians, Sebelius said: "I think that, hopefully, all children need to be in a home with loving parents. That should be our wish for every Kansas child, every American child, every child who's born into the world."

She added: "I would hesitate to say, as a law, that any potential, loving parent shouldn't be able to parent a child and that we'd rather leave them parentless than with a loving parent. I think that's a very difficult situation to imagine."

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