A bill that opponents say discriminates against same-sex couples is now before the full Kentucky State Senate.
SB 68 prohibits unmarried couples who live together from adopting children or becoming foster parents.
The bill’s sponsors say it’s designed to protect children, but Executive Director of Adoption Bridges of Kentucky Linda Davis disagrees with that argument.
“It just does not help children in any way,” she says. “Not to mention that from many people’s perspective it merely spreads hate and bigotry.”
Davis says the bill will most likely cause a decline in adoptions. Other opponents of the bill say it discriminates based on sexual orientation, as it would block same-sex couples from adopting.
The bill unanimously cleared its Senate Committee Thursday and now goes before the full body. It must clear the House as well before going to Governor Beshear. Beshear has not said whether he will veto the legislation.