Fielkow Fed Up

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As we point out in this week’s story on gay adoption in Louisiana, “The Gay Parent Trap,” state adoption laws allow only single individuals and married couples to adopt. If a gay couple wants to adopt, just one of the couple’s names is listed on the birth certificate, so only that person has parental rights. It’s a situation that City Council Vice-President Arnie Fielkow finds appalling.

     “I wish we as a state and as a nation could advance beyond sexual orientation in adoption,” Fielkow says. “I find this legislation abhorrent.”

      Fielkow is referring to a bill, HB 60, recently proposed by state representative Jonathan Perry (R-Abbeville) that would require out-of-state adoptions involving children born in Louisiana to follow our state’s adoption laws when it comes to the names on the birth certificate. The legislation is in reaction to a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey, who ordered the Louisiana Office of Vital Records to issue a new birth certificate in order to include both names of gay couple, who finalized their adoption of a Louisiana child in New York. This past Thursday the Council unanimously passed a Fielkow-authored resolution against the proposed bill.

     “This is an anti-child piece of legislation,” Fielkow says. “A piece of legislation not in the best interests of our community and our kids and puts up roadblocks and impediments to adoption.”

    Fielkow isn’t finished. If the bill passes the Louisiana House of Representatives, Fielkow says he will testify against the Sentate version of the bill when it is taken up in committee. The bill passed 12 to 3 in the House’s Committee on Health and Welfare, and is scheduled to be debated by the full House on May 12. 

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