The ACLU Freedom Files: Season 2, Episode 4

Freedom to Parent: Lesbian and Gay Families (7 Oct. 2007)

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When it comes to caring for children, a loving, stable home with responsible adults is what matters most. Yet in some states, gay men and lesbians are prohibited from adopting or serving as... See full summary »

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When it comes to caring for children, a loving, stable home with responsible adults is what matters most. Yet in some states, gay men and lesbians are prohibited from adopting or serving as foster parents, and many other states have attempted to enact similar bans. "Freedom to Parent" reveals how these restrictions wreak real harm on the children they are supposedly designed to "protect." The program follows the progress of an Arkansas bill aimed at preventing gay people from fostering or adopting children, and goes behind the scenes to introduce viewers to individuals whose lives would be directly affected. Devon Bearden, a 15-year-old honors student, lives with her grandmother, Randi Romo, because her mother is very ill. The ban would prevent Romo, a lesbian, from adopting Devon if Devon's mother died, even though the girl has flourished under her grandmother's care. They decide to speak out against the discriminatory bill, which not only threatens to tear their family apart but ... Written by staff

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