Thursday, July 19, 2007

We Cannot Support Rep. Paul Condino's Version of Family by Akindele Akinyemi

First Rep. Brenda Clack from Flint is blocking legislation on equal parenting. Now it has been brought to my attention that State Representative Paul Condino (D-Southfield) is pushing for his House Bill 4259 to pass onto the floor for a full House vote.

If you do not know what this bill is it is a bill that will provide for “second parent adoption” in Michigan law. This is a legal procedure that allows a same-sex parent to adopt her or his partner's biological or adoptive child without terminating the first parent's legal status as a parent.

Now is it me or is there are silent war going on in Lansing to break up traditional families. We cannot even get Equal Parenting on the COMMITTEE floor and now this?

My main concern with this bill is not with the individuals involved. My concern is with how this bill aims to redefine family as well as the untenable legal relationship being created and the state’s intentional creation of unmarried households.

Our legislators need to understand how marriage is the most pro-child institution. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly shows that children are better off in every facet of life--socially, economically, psychologically, academically, emotionally, and physically--when they are raised by their married, biological parents. When this is not possible, the state historically tried to find a home that mirrored the ideal situation. More recently, the state has placed children in single parent homes, often the home of a relative.

This has not always worked.

Not only is Michigan will be creating unmarried households if this bill passes (and we hope it does not), the state is also creating a very odd legal relationship. Two adults, with no legal tie or obligation to each other, are legally responsible for raising a child. Such a social experiment will be disastrous for families.

Historically, parents have been defined as two people who conceived or adopted a child and a
family was defined as individuals related by blood, marriage or adoption. HB 4259 takes a
significant step away from those well-defined institutions.

Furthermore, this bill also erodes the familiar understanding of these institutions by creating new types of relationships. This legislation will create “families” and “parents” where they would not have previously been recognized, such as the two widows combining households. In some cases, the relationships may not even reside in the same house. Under this legislation, the nephew referred to above could adopt a relative in order to provide benefits without actually moving into the household.

I cannot support such legilslation when there are alternatives out there for our families. In our community it would be the very end for Black families.

Who is running next year in Southfield in this seat? I hope it is someone who is family friendly.

No comments: