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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:21 PM
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Preteen lobbies for gay adoption (Florida
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:22 PM by wakeme2008
http://www.sptimes.com/2006/03/10/State/Preteen_lobbies...



Jim Green, 35, left, his partner Buddy Gulliford, 44, right, and their adopted son, Michael Gulliford-Green, 12, all from Lutz, went to Tallahassee Thursday to lobby for gay adoption rights.

Preteen lobbies for gay adoption

Armed with stories of his parents and his home, the boy joins activists trying to overturn Florida's ban.

By LETITIA STEIN
Published March 10, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Michael Gulliford-Green brought a silver-framed family portrait to the state capital Thursday. The 12-year-old from Lutz wanted to show lawmakers his first day with the parents he calls Dad and Daddy.

The seventh-grader skipped classes at Carrollwood Day School for a civics lesson that textbooks don't cover: How to lobby the Legislature to repeal a state law that prohibits adoptions by gays and lesbians.

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Florida, Mississippi and Utah are the only states that ban homosexual couples from adopting children. The movement to change Florida's law is an uphill battle, especially in an election year.

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On May 30, 2003, he was adopted in New York by Buddy Gulliford, 44, and Jim Green, 35. The men have been together for eight years and had wanted to adopt out of the foster care system.


..more at link.....
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:26 PM
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1. Michael Gulliford-Green is an inspiration
O8)
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RaRa Donating Member (705 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:26 PM
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2. This is all so sad
My brother's neighbors are a gay couple who foresaw problems in the future. So, they found a surragate mother from some southern state (Mississippi or Alabama) that favors father's rights. Considering they are both the biological father of a child, they should hopefully never have to worry about the crap going on this country about this issue.

I wonder if the movement away from science/evolution can be tied to this since homosexuality is ever more being proven by science to be not a choice. So, since science is telling us that gays are natural, then fuck science?
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:33 PM
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8. um
quick question: how are they both biological fathers? This has no bearing on your post, which I fully agree with, but I'm just curious about that.
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Kailassa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:51 PM
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12. Perhaps they have a child each. n/t
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RaRa Donating Member (705 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:53 PM
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13. I think
that the mother may be the same and each the father. Makes the kids blood related too. Kinda cool.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:06 PM
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15. oh, ok
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 02:06 PM by realisticphish
multiple children?

I was trying to figure out how they managed to splice two DNA strands togethers :D

edit: ok, now i see, each a father of A child. my bad :hi:
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leQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:27 PM
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3. what's all this sudden 'gay adoption' craze people seem to be on?
first the catholic church stops ALL adoptions (see http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... ), and now the fact that a teen is along for the ride in making the case against state officials.... are gays item #1 on the RNC agenda for the '06 season?
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:31 PM
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7. Campaign '06 - Beating back the super scary gay agenda - they
want your kids, your husband and your dog. And tax breaks. And to kick Jesus out of your home. And take away FAUX news.

This is their GOTV, once again.

I wish every Dem who hears that "Dems have no ideas" would respond "the only one RePugs can come up with is to beat up homos to scare you to the polls because they have no other ideas"
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:17 PM
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16. problem is boys like that that will talk out and
put the fundies in their place.
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:28 PM
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4. And a little child shall lead them...
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:28 PM
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5. What a great kid!! What a lesson....
America needs to wake up!! This couple are showing what great parents do, they listen to their kids and they encourage them to take on challanges....

:grouphug:
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:31 PM
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6. What a great young man
I applaud him and his fathers. :applause:
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:36 PM
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9. That child looks scared!
See the smirk on that one homo's face as the other nancy boy uses his "gay beam" to brainwash that poor child.

That child should be taken away from them and put into a nice foster home with NORMAL people. Ones that drink and beat him up. THAT will make a REAL man out of him.

This kid to doomed to be a fashion designers or home fairy hair dresser.

Someone snatch me m' bible and m' medicine. Momma needs the lord and liquor right now.

:sarcasm:
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OrokuSaki Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:43 PM
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10. Nice
Good for him
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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:46 PM
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11. Welcome to DU, OrokuSaki!
:hi:
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:05 PM
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14. Beautiful story
I am friends with one gay couple who adopted a little boy last year, and the three of them are the happiest people I know. He had been in an orphanage overseas all of his life, and is thriving and glowing with health and happiness. Only the most narrow minded, heart-hearted bigot would claim that his adoption was not in his best interests.

With all of the other problems the word faces, it's only logical that to place a child in a loving, stable home is the right, and moral thing to do. Being in the foster child system in Fla. seems to be far more dangerous than adoption by a gay couple. I'm sure there are many loving, caring foster parents, and I applaud their contributions, but adoption...knowing that the child is part of a family, at last and forever, has got to be the best choice of all.

If people could only realize how bad this child's life was before, and how wonderful it is now, how could they doubt that giving gay couples the same human rights as others? Not allowing gay couples to adopt is NOT in the best interests of children.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:20 PM
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17. I have posted the story on here about two gay guys that
finally got permanent guardianship of two blond < 8 GIRLS. The fundies were going crazy over this but the judge listened to the foster care worker and shrinks and gave them permanent status.

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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:53 PM
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20. Good for the judge
Imagine, somone actually ruling in favor of what's best for the kids, instead of giving in to bigoted insanity.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:01 PM
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18. With so many unwanted children ...to prevent people from adopting
it seems like a crime.

I don't think that if there is a God she would be unhappy with people just loving kids and giving them a good home.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:18 PM
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19. What a cute family
Sadly I don't think they can affect the change this year but maybe next year when there isn't an election.
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