I’ve been sick and out of commission for the last few days. Thank goodness Dan’s parents had just come into town to visit so they were able watch Nate. With Dan at work and me barely able to get out of bed, it was just another weekend of wacky “experimental” family life. Extended family, caretakers, grandparents…crazy stuff like that.
We’ve received so many responses to this. Our families are displaying a real need to be heard and feel protected. Some of the letters stunned me, especially this one:
I just wanted to say thank you for taking the higher road. I don’t think I could have done it. I live in the State of Arkansas, and Mr. Huckabee does not represent us! He so does not represent family, morals, or values. I am a lesbian mother of 3. In this state the trend over the past 3 years of taking children from there gay birth parents has increased. The world does not know about it because of guys like Mr. Huck. If a 3rd party petitions the courts for guardianship due to ” cohabitating in a gay/lesbian relationship”, their order will be granted and birth parents have just hours to turn over their children forever. We (5 of us in this county) are all loving, doting, and very caring parents. Arkansas will not allow gay marriage, but they will rip your family apart in a heartbeat. That’s the heartbeat of this America for us. And when ACT 1 was voted in in 2008, it was the nail in the coffin for our state…And thousands of children that so desperately need to be loved through fostering and adoption. This week Judge Piazzi of Pulaski County overturned ACT 1.. Fingers crossed it will stay so. It can’t bring our children home, but it will open loving homes to countless others. Thank you again for taking that higher road. Much love from our home to yours… Erica G
Children are being taken from thier families and we (at least around here) are unaware of it? Has this been just a passing news blip? How has this become possible in the new millenium?
The more response we get the more I see we need to spread this even further and with more vigor. Dan and I will tape a version of our letter with a short message and post it to our Youtube channel which is launching late this week http://www.youtube.com/user/theheartyboys. I hope that you will all watch it and forward it as much as possible. Viral videos seem to be a great tool now and we’ll ask you to help us continue the exposure and pressure…if nothing else, to increase awareness about our family situations.
Thanks to Bill Daley at The Chicago Tribune for a wonderful article on the inside page of the Sunday edition (!) and thanks to HRC for coming on board, connecting with us and blogging about it.