Mississippi, USA: Ex Governor Regrets Signing Gay Adoption Ban

Written by scott on March 21st, 2013

Mississippi MapAn ex democratic Governor of Mississippi has had a change of heart on gay adoption. Maddow Blog reports:

In 2000, then Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove, a Democrat, signed a bill into law that banned same-sex couples from adopting kids in his state. Now, in 2013, Musgrove says he regrets that decision, citing Republican Senator Rob Portman along the way:

Like Sen. Portman, my evolution on LGBT adoption came from intensely personal reflections on my own life. What is sad to me is that my understanding of this issue did not come until after I had left office and no longer had the power to right this wrong. This reality weighs heavily on me to this day. In every decision I made as Governor, I always tried hard to view the profound personal and individual impact of the laws I signed and policies I enacted on every Mississippian. Had I vetoed the law denying LGBT adoption, the Legislature had more than enough votes to override my veto. Nonetheless, this decision that all of us made together has made it harder for an untold number of children to grow up in happy, healthy homes in Mississippi — and that breaks my heart.

I believe we need to embrace these changes-of-heart, and encourage them. Who knows who else out there might be sorry for what they have done or said about gay and lesbian couples? And who knows which politicians facing similar decisions today might be listening?

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