Tennessee lawmakers will consider a bill to ban adoptions by homosexual couples as well as unmarried heterosexual couples.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Paul Stanley (R-Memphis) who says he discovered a problem with the adoption process. "We were having a lot of [unmarried] individuals apply to adopt children from state custody ... And while single people can make very good parents, what we were finding is that some of those individuals were in same-sex relationships," he points out. "And we just thought it was not advantageous to have children who are the responsibility of the state being placed in such homes." Stanley believes married, heterosexual couples provide the best climate for raising children. "I don't think you can put a child in a home with two individuals of the same sex and meet the needs -- the emotional, the physical, the mental needs of that child to be a well-developed child as they move into adulthood," he contends.